Drifting Apart, by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

Studio Ghibli – When Marnie Was There – from wallscover.com

Another poem from The River Rhymer, about a loved girl seen rowing in a boat. The poet longs to join her in her canoe, but it is too small for two persons. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…


Drifting Down, by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

Harry Furniss – Joseph Ashy-Sterry (c.1910) -from NPG

The poems in Boudoir Ballads have shown the unending love of Ashby-Sterry for young girls. But the poet had another passion: rivers, boats and rowing. In 1913 he published The River Rhymer, a collection of verses on this topic.

Some of his poems combine both passions, telling about a young girl loved on a river, and indeed there were a few in Boudoir Ballads. I have selected three love poems from The River Rhymer, here is the first one. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…