Giving Back: 8.10.2005

Sturm Kenwright

Giving Back. 8 November 2005
Photograph: Christiane Sturm

A life spent near that river,
Always there, at his back.
From a teenage office boy
To an old man, always at his back.
What he sold came up that river
To be refined, made ready.
The Pier Head, his base,
His start, to drive his Morris Minor
Across the North with
Samples in bottles, cotton wool wrapped.
The Mersey, that massive weather vane
Of the British rise and fall, he saw it all,
The freighters, the tankers, the convoys.
And later, its emptiness,
A backdrop to his life.
And now he´s gone, dead,
Turned to grey ash.
No better place for him to be
But in that river.
We stand, three generations by that river.
I climb the railings and then,
Down the slippery stone steps
I carry him towards that flow
And then, with the ebbing tide,
I release him, like fry,
Back to where we all came from.

Looking north in the Erstergebirge, Bavaria, Germany

Erstergebrige Charles Kenwright

Looking North in the Estergebirge, Bavaria, Germany
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I´ve been rather, in fact, very quiet for a while – I´ve just been rather busy. But last weekend I was in the Erstergebirge above Garmish-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps. And now I´m going to give you Anglo Saxons a giggle chance – This photograph was taking on the top of a mountain there called – Wank – OK, that´s enough giggling in the back row there! I was staying at the hut. The weather was very mixed and gave some very atmospheric shots, more of which you can see here on my website at

Derelict Barn, Old Military Training Ground, Landshut, Bavaria Germany

Landshut Charles Kenwright

Derelict Barn, Landshut, Germany
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I´ve had my eye on this barn for a long time now. It´s on the nature reserve which used to be a military training ground, near where I live. Eventually it will collapse in on itself and go the way of many of the building that used to be here.

Snow-Shoeing, The Reiteralpe, Bavarian Alps, Germany

I had a wonderful day out on the Reiteralpe in the Bavarian Alps, Germany last Friday.

Reiteralpe Charles Kenwright

Just after the Schrecksattel, Reiteralpe, Bavarian Alps, Germany
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It was the first time I´d been up there, but I´ve been meaning to have a look for a few years now. It really is a wonderful place to visit, with small undulating hills in a basin surrounded by peaks. The walk up from the valley, via the Schretcksattel, is interesting although the top section is steep and, because it passes under the cliffs of the northern headwall, can be prone to avalanche.

Reiteralpe Charles Kenwright

Snow-shoeing in the Reiteralpe, Bavarian Alps, Germany
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YouTube – A Poem


YouTube – A Poem
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I´ve been working on this poem for a while now, anyway, I think it´s just about ready.


Those Minstrels singing for Daisy and us
Brothers and sister squeezed on a sofa made for three
A product of post war utility
Billy´s wake up call too late
For Cliff´s missed note
Russ´s smile just for me
His missing finger a proof of his dexterity

YouTube shows my past, museum like
In it´s glass case flow images randomly
Like my memory, sometimes grey
Then, vivid and vibrant
And, like my memory, with no apparent sense
The links, synaptic quick
Lead me on, into the past

Kenneth More, having sunk the Bismarck
Now drinks tea with Irene Forsyte
Guinness sheds his Fagin for Smiley
As quickly as I my youth
Those photons trapped in YouTube aspic
Almost-Family once warm and commonplace
I now use to light those rooms shared
With some now dead or spread
´Cross the world and half a century

The once normal, once everyday
I know look upon as known and strange
It was me, us, and as I spring
Through years with finger-on-mouse-ease
I see us change
And vanish