Sir Christopher Bland
b. 1938 – d. 2017
Sir Christopher Bland was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2016.
Sir Christopher Bland remembered – by Richard Eyre
Sonnet for Christopher
If death is but a crossing of the world
Or a gentle scull across the River Styx
With the boat’s slim sails only half unfurled,
It’s still a journey that no one picks
Through preference. We crowd on the shore, keen
To honour you, to garland your farewell
With blasts of trumpets as you skim between
The banks, and winds of love and praise propel
You, friend-blessed and heart-sent, to the other side.
There you’ll rest indelible in our minds’ inventory
Where your wit, your open-hearted joy and pride,
Will stand, with wisdom, witness to your glory.
There you’ll hoard the exegesis in your last breath
Of the malign mystery of life that’s death.