Belsize poetry

Posted on 3/6/2020

We asked Belsize poet Robert Ilson for some reflective words in the age of lockdown. Here is what he sent us (originally published in Ham & High in April).

At Liberty

If you step into the World today

Remember to use your eyes

To grasp the myriad shapes and hues

Of earth and trees and skies

And should you in a thoroughfare

See someone smile at you

Recall that to return a smile

Is perfectly legal too

And when your path brings you back home

Your freshened memory

Will keep you in good spirits till

We’re all at liberty !