Featured Poem – Rob Lock

Map Unavailable

Date(s) - 06/06/2022 - 02/07/2022
12:00 am


Featured Poem

Ipswich Arts Association are pleased to present poems from members of the
Suffolk Poetry Society with a new poem featured every three weeks or so.
Click Here to read the current and all previous poems.


Rob Lock
For twenty years, Rob Lock has benefitted from membership of the East Suffolk Writing Group as well as the Suffolk Poetry Society and Bury St Edmunds’s poetry café. He cherishes having had his work described as ‘alive with both love and the ordinary, with warmth and depth… levity never far away.’
‘The Brickie’s Prayer’ was commended in the 2020 Crabbe Poetry Competition.

The Brickie’s Prayer

Lord of the monk, the Sussex and the double Flemish bond,
the stretcher, header, soldier and sailor,
the shiner and the rowlock too,
Lord of the half bat, three quarter bat
and occasional queen closer,
Lord of the single leaf wall, of all cavities and ties,
let this building be good for three centuries or more.
Grant it sympathetic beds and borders,
dignified neighbours and vistas that remain unspoiled.
May it never give rise to subsidence or other Buildings claims,
and, Lord, forgive any who here bind themselves in husbandry,
any here committing to housewifery,
should they call it theirs while they are passing through. 

Rob Lock


Poet and Writer Rob Lock

Rob Lock