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In Praise of Silver. by Pat Greetham – this is my truth, tell me yours

In Praise of Silver. by Pat Greetham



In Praise of Silver by Pat Greetham


A few mornings ago I found myself quietly reciting one of my favourite poems, Silver by Walter de la Mare.

It reminded me of the many happy years I spent teaching at Llanrumney High School in Cardiff.

One afternoon I read Silver¬† to my class of third year pupils. At the end I asked the class what they thought of the poem. A boy’s hand shot up.


“I loved that poem Miss. I loved it ‘cos I’ve got a dog. And she’s called Silver”.

I wonder if she had paws of silver too?









Walter de la Mare




Slowly, silently, now the moon


Walks the night in her silver shoon;


This way, and that, she peers, and sees


Silver fruit upon silver trees;


One by one the casements catch


Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;


Couched in his kennel, like a log,


With paws of silver sleeps the dog;


From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep


Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;


A harvest mouse goes scampering by,


With silver claws, and silver eye;


And moveless fish in the water gleam,


By silver reeds in a silver stream.