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Because You Invited Me (Video Edit)

Invite me over to your favourite cafe
somewhere on the river Dart
where it trickles between our past and our future,
or invite me to your house
where it rests like a barnacle on a hilltop
near a stone circle
where we shall take tea together.

In ancient times you moved the earth
turning woodland to moorland,
clearing pastures for grazing
just so you could live together,
allowing the wildness of gorse and heather
to care for itself
whilst caring for you.

Bring out your finest china
and tell me the story of an outcast wife
who won back her family
by returning from exile
with the secret of clotted cream –
tell me to remind me that this place is my home,
as you take up the butter-knife,
spread a cloud on a scone,
place it in my hand.
I hold it up to the window,
so it seems to twin a cloud in the sky
and I think how similar two things can be and how different
and yet how right they can look next to each other.
How startling it is when we can belong together
because you invited me.

© Kimwei McCarthy

Kimwei McCarthy

Kimwei is the Grand Bard of Exeter - a position he will hold for the next 7 years. His poetry has featured on BBC Radio Devon, and at Exeter Poetry Festival, Exeter Arts Week and the Exeter Poetry Slam. His YouTube series of 14 Climate Change themed stories has just been released by Exeter University Television Channel (XTV), following his live performance of one such story from Extinction Rebellion’s pink boat at Oxford Circus (London) this Easter. Kimwei explains: “When you become Bard you take an oath, a commitment to the land. The natural result of that commitment is climate activism - it’s the only course of action that makes sense to me.” Kimwei is a songwriter and storyteller as well as a poet: he lectures in music.