Consolation… a poem for our times

And now for something completely different!
In a first for the CPRE Essex website, we present a poem from Anne Boileau, whose writing has enlivened these pages several times before.
Anne tells us that this poem, Consolation, “was inspired by the causeway over to Mersea Island, and the winding lanes around there. And of course Covid”.




When the lane is winding and the causeway narrow

and you’re not quite sure where you ought to be,

with nothing but a sack of sorrow,

a broken style and some flints of memory;


it’s dusk, the light is fading, you can’t see,

and yesterday’s more vivid than tomorrow,

you’ll find you do reach where you need to be

though the lane is winding and the causeway narrow.