100/100 CHALLENGE 20: the flag streams in the gale coming in from the west

April 30th 2021 would’ve been Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday; in recognition and in remembrance of his achievement, a new challenge was announced by his family. They challenged ordinary folk to complete a hundred somethings to raise more funds for The Captain Tom Foundation – ‘whether you bake 100 cupcakes or walk 100 laps – help celebrate Captain Tom’s achievements.’ The official ‘Captain Tom 100’ has now finished, but I’ve challenged myself to write a 100 word blog each day for 100 days. I started on May 1st and when I complete my task, I’ll donate £100 to his Foundation.

Day 20

Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I… outside the bamboo is thrashing, a thing demented, the rotary dyer spins emptily and the mystery black-blossomed tree shakes and waves its leaves. There’s been a roaring in the wind all day and. now as night falls, still it howls about the house. Outside the village hall the Union Flag streams in the gale coming in from the west and in the Bristol Channel beyond Glentworth Bay the sea must be raging. The tide is out but still the distant rolling can be heard. Whistling, howling, rainy wind, the poet writes.


I have paraphrased lines from these poems:

  • Resolution and Independence – William Wordsworth
  • Who has seen the wind? – Christina Rossetti
  • The Wind – Amy Lowell

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