Brian Patten

Into my mirror has walked Requires Real Player.

After finding fame as one of the Liverpool Poets in the 1960s, Brian Patten has gone on to become one of the country's most popular romantic poets, still drawing the crowds on the performance poetry circuit. This recording comes from a 1969 radio programme, "Poetry and Folk".

Into my mirror has walked
A woman who will not talk
Of love or of its subsidiaries,
But who stands there,
Pleased by her own silence.
The weather has worn into her
All seasons known to me,
In one breast she holds
Evidence of forests,
In the other, of seas.

I will ask her nothing yet
Would ask so much
If she gave some sign-

Her shape is common enough,
Enough shape to love.
But what keeps me here
Is what glows beyond her.

I think at times
A boy's body
Would be as easy
To read light into,
I think at times
My own might do.

Copyright Brian Patten.
Photograph of Brian Patten by Richard Braine