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ChrisGeorge
12-09-2006, 03:52 AM
Flowers for Adrian

Adrian Henri (1932-2000)

The worn flagstones of Mount Street
opposite the Liverpool Institute
-- the head's office, I remember
his cabinet full of silver trophies
as he turned me down as a new pupil;

30 years later, I sat on your settee
at 21 Mount Street, a cabinet with a dead
magpie in it, garlanded with paste jewelry
as I drank coffee with connie onnie
and listened to your rich Liverpool accent:

Adrian, pop artist, pop poet,
one of the triumvirate of Sixties
"Liverpool Poets" Henri, McGough, Patten;
you stayed while Roger and Brian decamped
to "The Smoke"--but you were the first to die,

debilitated after your stroke,
your big body wasted but still--
as in your poetry and your artwork,
"I Want To Paint--" as you painted
the football field of bouquets

after the Hillsborough tragedy of '89:
"Flowers for Liverpool."
Yes! every Spring, every day,
it's flowers for Adrian.

Christopher T. George

http://www.andyrobertsmusic.com/paintings/flowers_liv.jpg

"Flowers for Liverpool" by Adrian Henri, courtesy of Andy Roberts Music Adrian Henri Tribute Site (http://www.andyrobertsmusic.com/)

lindylou
12-09-2006, 09:28 PM
Excellent. That's really good Chris. :)

Kev
12-09-2006, 10:18 PM
Excellent Chris :)

ChrisGeorge
12-10-2006, 11:32 AM
Thanks, Lindy and Kev. :celb (23):

Chris