Poetry Plus – Music – A poem by Arthur S. J. Tessimond

© Gabrielle Jones, Earth Music

Music by Arthur S. J. Tessimond

Sunshine and Darkness

Sunshine and darkness
The painting of emotions
Music’s legacy

Arthur Seymour John Tessimond (1902 -1962) was an English poet.

After graduating he tried his hand at teaching but only lasted two terms, whereupon he broke off his engagement and moved to London, working there in bookshops for two years before becoming an advertising copywriter.

At the beginning of the Second World War, he gave up his job and flat and went on the run to avoid conscription, having decided he would be ‘intensively miserable’ as a soldier as well as ‘useless and dangerous to others’. When he finally submitted himself to an army medical, he was declared unfit for service.

Tessimond has been described as an eccentric, a night-lifer, loner and flâneur. He loved women, was always falling in love, but never married.

He published three collections during his lifetime with nearly ten years between each one.

In 1934 he wrote Walls of Glass, ten years later came Voices in a Giant City and in 1958 his final published work Selection was released.

Whilst he was a regular contributor to many poetry magazines through the 30s and 40s with verses such as The Lonely Women in Hotel Lounges.

Tessimond’s poems often contain a touch of satire and humour, though they are all the more human for the tenderness with which he treats his subjects.

Perhaps one of his more poignant short poems On The Death of a Great Man reflects his view of the world, a melancholy tribute to life’s uncaring nature.

His mental health often led him to be hospitalized and he was given electroshock therapy which may well have contributed to his eventual death.

The poet spent most of his life in obscurity and it was only after his death that he began to become more widely recognized.

Poem Attribution © Arthur S. J. Tessimond, Music

Source Attribution https://allpoetry.com/poem/8529603-Music-by-A.S.J.-Tessimond

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Photo Attribution (Potographr Unstated), Arthur S. J. Tessimond, (Date Unstated)

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Senryū Attribution © Goff James, Sunshine and Darkness

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Painting Attribution © Gabrielle Jones, Earth Music, (Date Unstated)

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Music by Arthur S. J. Tessimond

This shape without space,
This pattern without stuff,
This stream without dimension
Surrounds us, flows through us,
But leaves no mark.

This message without meaning,
These tears without eyes
This laughter without lips
Speaks to us but does not
Disclose its clue.

These waves without sea
Surge over us, smooth us.
These hands without fingers
Close-hold us, caress us.
These wings without birds
Strong-lift us, would carry us
If only the one thread broke.

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9 thoughts on “Poetry Plus – Music – A poem by Arthur S. J. Tessimond

  1. His poem is wonderful…. These waves without sea
    Surge over us, smooth us.
    These hands without fingers
    Close-hold us, caress us.
    These wings without birds
    Strong-lift us, would carry us
    If only the one thread broke. Yet the closing line is so hopeless.
    The abstract painting and your haiku, play with with his poem.

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