Stephen Evans

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Stephen is a playwright and author of The Marriage of True Minds and A Transcendental Journey.

Winter Sky

To live aboard in winter is not so

Easy. Nothing stems the frigid flow

And cold creeps in from stern to bow

And hail is hell on bright work, as is snow.

Yet here I am, with no place else to go.


Ice has calmed the waves, and I remain

Frozen in this fragile brittle plain,

Afraid to move, or never move again.

The bulkhead groans from the relentless strain

Of closure, of entrapment, in the main.


But still in winter is the yielding sky

That holds more stars than I can wonder why.


Recent Comments
Rosy Cole
These are images arising from your Nordic ancestral roots, I don't doubt. But you've articulated some fears and frustrations of th... Read More
Friday, 23 September 2016 22:47
Stephen Evans
My brother Michael lived on a boat for years, and he once told me (or more than once) how cold it gets on the water in winter. Man... Read More
Friday, 23 September 2016 23:16
Katherine Gregor
Very beautiful poem. Evocative. I recently finished translating a brilliant book by Sylvain Tesson, called BEREZINA. The autho... Read More
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 07:48
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The Butler Did It


I was watching the movie Arthur the other day; it is a favorite, with several witty performances, but none more so than that of John Geilgud as the perfectly understated Hobson.  And it occurred to me that a number of my favorite movies have butlers as memorable characters, so I started making a list. First I discounted any actors named Butler (e.g. Gerard) or characters (e.g. Rhett), and I also eliminated valets (e.g. Jeeves or Passepartout) from the possibilities, as they are in my limited New World  understanding different from butlers, and any of the wonderful Television performers (e.g. Eddie Anderson, Roscoe Lee Brown, Ted Cassidy).


Here is my list, in rough order of delight:


1.     William Powell as Godfrey (My Man Godfrey)

2.     John Geilgud as Hobson (Arthur)

3.     Antony Hopkins as Stevens (The Remains of the Day)

4.     Eric Blore as Bates (Top Hat)

5.     Paul Bettany as Jarvis (Iron Man, etc.)

6.    Forest Whitaker as Gaines (The Butler)

7.     Michael Gough as Alfred (Batman)

8.     Hank Azaria as Spartacus (The Birdcage)

9.     Denholm Eliott as Coleman (Trading Places)

10.  Erich von Stroheim as Max von Mayerling (Sunset Blvd)



I suspect there are more I can't think of. If you can, please comment, as I would like to create the definitive list.

Recent Comments
Rosy Cole
This is probably not very helpful. In fact, I've only seen one of these films The Remains Of The Day which created exactly the atm... Read More
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 22:51
Stephen Evans
Haven't seen The Servant one. Must say I am not a Pinter fan - too dark for me - though I admire the craft. As to Carson, yes def... Read More
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 01:33
Katherine Gregor
No, I don't get Pinter, either! I just can't relate to all that darkness and hopelessness. My favourite butler from your list wou... Read More
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 07:47
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A Palpable Movement

To persons standing alone on a hill during a clear mid-night such as this, the roll of the world eastward is almost a palpable movement. The sensation may be caused by the panoramic glide of the stars past earthly objects, which is perceptible in a few minutes of stillness, or by a fancy that the better outlook upon space afforded by a hill emphasizes terrestrial revolution, or by the wind, or by the solitude; but whatever be its origin, the impression of riding along is vivid and abiding. The poetry of motion is a phrase much in use, and to enjoy the epic form of that gratification it is necessary to stand on a hill at a small hour of the night, and, first enlarging the consciousness with a sense of difference from the mass of civilized mankind, who are horizontal and disregardful of all such proceedings at this time, long and quietly watch your stately progress through the stars. After such a nocturnal reconnoitre among these astral clusters, aloft from the customary haunts of thought and vision, some men may feel raised to a capability for eternity at once.

Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd

Recent Comments
Katherine Gregor
Beautiful. I haven't read 'Far From the Madding Crowd."
Friday, 02 September 2016 21:09
Stephen Evans
I had only read Hardy's poetry, none of his prose works. I was inspired by Rosy's post about his home and picked this one because ... Read More
Friday, 02 September 2016 22:29
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A Meeting Long Delayed

I met my dream on the road last night.

It smiled, dismounted, invited me to ride.

I shook my head. It turned and looked surprised.


“I’ve grown too fond of my feet,” I said,

“And your direction is no longer mine.

I’m pleased to finally meet you. Move aside.”


A little rude, I grant. But then,

Let dreams be dreams.  Let me be me.


Recent Comments
Rosy Cole
I like this. With its striking imagery, it speaks of moving forward and taking control. There is always a release of energy in a p... Read More
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 18:38
Katherine Gregor
Hmm... I'm not sure I get this one. It comes across to me as though the narrator is giving up on his/her dream...
Saturday, 20 August 2016 11:08
Stephen Evans
There is that aspect to it. But I think of it this way: once you have found and grown into your authentic self, dreams fall away. ... Read More
Saturday, 20 August 2016 14:28
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Latest Comments

Stephen Evans Flipping the Omelet
18 January 2018
This is the whole of my philosophy. Via con huevos.
Rosy Cole Flipping the Omelet
18 January 2018
And does this in-depth advice also apply to pancakes? Will it preclude adherence to the overhead lig...
Stephen Evans Going to the Dickens
14 January 2018
Thank you! That sounds just my style
Katherine Gregor Going to the Dickens
14 January 2018
I haven't yet been able to read a Dickens novel in ful (shame on me).May I recommend a wonderful New...
Katherine Gregor Four Wishes
14 January 2018
Amen to this.

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