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J.D. Ballam teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Bristol and the Open University. Besides his scholarly publications, he is the author of a critically acclaimed autobiography, THE ROAD TO HARMONY (1999), four plays and a collection of poetry. His poems appear regularly in journals in the USA and Europe.
He is married with two children, and lives in Wiltshire, England.


"To Q.H.F., Rome, 1985"


High above the veil of laughter

Your glance to the lacquered ceiling

Fastens my attention, leaves me waiting

The suppressed duration of your last sigh.


Unclasping your fingers, each chance

Mood extends that warm feeling

That fell on your friends, who hated

Patience with pleasures gone by.


Eagerness of young eyes urges

A slow stillness after song-

Answered with your whispering:


Divine gentleness surges

Through the beauty of your old limbs, made young

With a prayer to the unpoured wine.


John D. Ballam
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