Regular followers will remember I've been regularly visiting Skyros and returning all aglow since this blog arrived blinking into cyberspace in 2006. Recently I decided to step back from leading courses, much as I've always loved my groups, to focus on new directions but the magic island called me back in the most exciting way ~ with camera in hand, to proxy-enjoy all the creative, spiritual, and physical activities of Atistsa bay. Here the friendliest group imaginable included me in their daily life from Qi Gong on the pale beach in early morning to singing at dusk, with dancing at night under the full moon. (Thanks Mark Gunston, film-maker & windsurfer extraordinaire, for the image)facbook page ~ feeling rich in connections and reconnections.
Amazingly, Frome was also enjoying 30+° heatwave when I got back, which must have been tough for the Frome Half Marathon. Mayor Toby Eliot and Deputy Al O'Kane participated and happily our 2016 Festival Poet Laureate, John Christopher Wood has decided to take his role seriously and to honour the occasion. Here's The Uses of Mayor Ware, which features not only audacious rhyme but a really neat final couplet. Enjoy!
The Mayor is doing a 10K run. He’s doing it for charity.
It’s to try to raise some money, And to make it feel more funny
He’s doing the whole thing In full mayoral bling,
Which for charity hilarity has no parity.
A chain of office weighs a ton; Running in it’s not much fun.
So to schlep around a whole 10K Is a feat extremely schleppity.
But he’s not doing it all alone - He’s running it with his deputy.
Councillors like these are good for Frome; It’s party politics that wrecks it.
These feisty Independents are A much more positive Frexit.
And it’s a turnaround beyond compare, Politically it’s rather stunning
First to be running for Mayor, And now to be Mayor for running.
Incognito, finding even more to marvel at, and still more summer ahead!
I'll end with a look back at the magic island from two of my favourite places: the headland of Atsitsa bay, and Plateia Rupert Brooke at the top of Skyros town, perfect to watch the southern rocks turn slowly from grey to lilac as the sun sets...