Poem by Andrew Motion: St Martins in the Fields

Where: Crypt of St Martins in the Fields church, balustrade of a lightwell at street level to the north side of the church

What: Cast metal lettering encircling the lightwell, the words are by Andrew Motion entitled ‘Poem’

Text:

Your stepping inwards from the air to earth

Winds round itself to meet the open sky

So vanishing becomes a second birth.

Fare well. Return. Fare well. Return again.

Here home and elsewhere share one mystery.

Here love and conscience sing the same refrain.

Here time leaps up. And strikes eternity.

Materials: Stainless steel

Artist: Tom Perkins; poet laureate Andrew Motion

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