I was walking on a local beach known for its dinosaur fossils, playing with pebbles and sea weed, thinking about the elapse of time in waves, and how the same amount of water has always existed, and is all we will ever have, and how it has touched everything that has ever lived at some point. Shakespeare had written for his audience the prevailing truths accepted about Richard, but I wonder how much we can ever really know, and the thoughts and doubts that occur to any human, touched by the same water and sand that envelops us. So I thought of Richard, coming ashore on his return, what might have been the contemporary accounts if he’d been given better lines for a different perspective, and how he may have pondered the turn of events in his life, the night before Bosworth.
– James Walton

James Walton is a celebrated Australian poet currently based in South Gippsland, Victoria. His poems have appeared in Eureka Street, The Wonder Book of Poetry, Bluepepper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Great Ocean Quarterly, Australian Poetry, Australian Love Poems, Bukowski On Wry, Australian Poetry Journal and many others.

His wonderful collection of poems, The Leviathan’s Apprentice, is available from Amazon.

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2 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    An interesting juxtaposition – Richard III, water and fossils – not something which would have sprung to my mind. I do wonder what men think of, the night before battle. As far as Richard was concerned, I suspect he would have been fairly confident of victory – he was an experienced battle commander and had not lost a battle – I doubt that he expected to lose this one. However, I would also expect him to have a few niggles of doubt, especially as he had the two Stanley brothers in his army who had a reputation for remaining out of the action as far as possible.

    • Olga Hughes

      I like the idea that the water has touched every living thing at some point. Perhaps that’s why we feel such a connection with history. I agree Richard wasn’t expecting to lose the battle, but Stanleys or no, I am sure every man had doubts the night before.


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