Poem of the Week

As yesterday’s post about National Poetry Day already includes a selection of great poems (chosen by members of The Reader Organisation: do scroll down and enjoy them), I thought I’d take the chance to do something a little different.

Today’s Poem of the Week is ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’ (words by Alan and Marilyn Bergman) as performed by Noel Harrison for the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. This is my favourite version: it’s been circling around the windmills of my own mind for about five and a half years! Harrison’s voice is brilliantly bewitching, and perfectly complements the dream-like quality of the words…

Round, like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending on beginning
On an ever-spinning reel

Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space

Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

A tunnel that you follow
To a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern
Where the sun has never shone

Like a door that keeps revolving
In a half-forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble
Someone tosses in a stream

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space

Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly?
Was it something that you said?

Lovers walk along a shore
And leave their footprints in the sand
Is the sound of distant drumming
Just the fingers of your hand?

Pictures hanging in a hallway
And the fragment of a song
Half-remembered names and faces
But to whom do they belong?

When you knew that it was over
You were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning
To the colour of her hair

A circle in a spiral
A wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel

As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

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