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St Martin-in-the-Fields Poem

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Poet Laureate Andrew Motion was commissioned to create a piece of written verse to encircle the balustrade of a new lightwell in the open space to the north of St Martin-in-the-Fields.  The lettering was designed by Tom Perkins and each letter was cast in polished stainless steel by Eichenberger Castings in Switzerland.


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.


The poem is part of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Arts Programme, developed and curated by Modus Operandi.


Andrew Motion, Tom Perkins

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St Martin-in-the-Fields





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