David Oates has provided us with a fair numbers of articles and now we include one of his poems which clearly found him in relective mood.
Godrevy was Camborne by the sea and in my childhood days it seemed as if we lived there – every day seemed fine, every sun-filled moment was filled with joy
When perched on push-bike bar
We flowed in happy throng
Through lanes still wet with dew,
Descending to the sea.
Freewheeling fast to freedom,
The foundry’s filth and smoke
That forged our weekday chains
Now sets us free
The joy of that first glimpse
Of light-house framed in sky,
Of cowslip scent and salt-filled air
A summer day distilled.
Of parsley pasty baked that morn
A smell that makes the belly long
For juices rich and rare to spill
Down cheek and chin.
Of primus singing songs of joy,
Of tea strong-brewed and brown,
Enamel-cupped, in picnic best
Nectar to our tongues.
Of bubbling pot with salty tang,
Of limpets plucked from rocks still wet,
To boil with heavenly scent
Essence of those days.
Of sun-burnt backs and sand-rubbed thighs
Of swim-suits, woollen made,
That water-heavy slip in surf
To leave you bare.
Of weary legs up Prosper Hill,
Of nodding heads that nestle deep
In shoulders soft with care
A day sent on.
Of summer nights awake
With backs that pulse and throb
From heat of noon-day sun.
A pleasant pain.
Of drifting dreams that last
Through still and scent filled nights,
Returning joys of gentle days
That touch me still.
David Oates is a Cornish bard who has published a history of Troon, entitled “Echoes of an Age”, a guide to Godrevy and Gwithian, “Walk the hidden ways” and a slim volume of his own verse, “Poems from the far west”. His unpublished work includes a reflection on a Cornish childhood, “What time do they close the gates, Mister?” and a fictionalised story for young people based on the extant life of St Gwinear, with the working title, “The son of a king”. David is working on another guide in the “Walk the hidden ways” series, entitled “Hard Rock country”.
David is a tenor singer with the well-known group, Proper Job based in mid- Cornwall and has collaborated with Portreath musician, Alice Allsworth, to write the lyrics for a number of songs about Cornwall and the Cornish.