The eastern sky takes a golden hue,
And sets the mountains ablaze.
The dew like scattered jewels spread,
Glistens across the vale.
The herd moves silently to the farmhouse shed,
And rabbits make way to their burrows.
A robin redbreast flits from bough to bough,
And a raven sings its plaintive song.
I walked along a wooded path,
Away from the pastures green.
And there beheld the mountain range,
With a placid lake beneath.
Some yachts were tethered to the buoys,
While others floated by.
The maples stood with golden crowns,
Others with orange, russet and brown.
The woods were painted in autumn colors,
But the ground was sparse and bare.
A pheasant called from the thicket below,
To its mate on the far-off mound.
I paused and stopped near a golden elm
And looked towards the sky
And saw a pale blue tent above me
Without a trace of cloud.
I stood spellbound in absolute awe
Until it was time to move.
Then I turned, and walked back home,
In contentment and joy.
They err those who say
This land is desolate and bare,
But the forested ghylls and the gently rolling hills
Is a beauty rarely surpassed.
The loose stone walls that demarcate the fields,
The mist rolling down the mountain peaks,
The meandering brooks which through the valley flows,
Inspires both the watercolourist and the poet.
I wished that my wife and daughter were there,
To see the glorious morn,
And remember in the years to come,
A Cumbrian village at dawn.
They surely err, when they say this land
Is desolate and bare.
(I dedicate this poem to my wife whose tolerance of a rival was most
modern; and to my daughter, for her unrestrained love, generosity,
energy, inspiration and insight. If not, this would remain forever in
my mind and heart – unspoken and unexposed. – Asoka)
Buck House; De Saram House 1951-1963
Editor’s note: After Warden Canon R.S. de Saram left STC at the end
of 1958, a group of senior masters decided to nominate a group that
would be the first entrants to the newly formed De Saram House
in 1959. They chose a mix of students based on their academic
and sporting prowess. Asoka was chosen to move from Buck to De
Saram. He was appointed a House Prefect and shortly afterward
became a School Prefect