We were delighted to visit Beech House Residential Home in Halesworth last week, where poet Dean Parkin and project officer Candida Wingate worked with residents to create this beautiful rainbow of memories poem, to mark National Memory Day.
The poem was created on different coloured strips of card, each colour evoking a variety of responses, from popular songs to TV advertisements and favourite chocolates; the poem is recreated below, followed by a plain text version at the end of this post.
Dean and Candida had previously worked at Beech House with artist Lucy Enskat, as part of the Our Place residencies and it was lovely to catch up with the residents and staff again and celebrate just a few of their colourful thoughts and memories.
Beech House Rainbow Fall
Red as the band on the brim of the hat
Purple as the flowers on Jan’s posh top
Yellow as the grass where the dog’s been
Orange is and lemons and very good with gin
Blue and green should never be seen, except on the washing line and the Queen
Yellow is spring and daffodils have sprung
Green is the fingers that grow the sweet peas, marigolds and pansies
Yellow as the Rose of Texas, yellow submarine and the ribbon round the old oak tree
Red as Joyce’s raunchy party frock
Blue is nothing but blue skies from now on
Tangerine cremes and dreams and Sir Stanley Matthew’s knees
Brown as bread, Newcastle brown ale and Ah! Bisto
Red as the rare meat hung up on butchers’ hooks
Blue as your suede shoes, blue moon and boom, boom, boom, boom, Esso Blue
Green as the lettuce, the grass and the jealous eyes behind the green door.