All Things Tire of Themselves
Time parts memory
They say only the aged die of nostalgia, yet
Still young, I lift ten years to resurrect The Lane,
Gas-lamps, fog and chestnuts roasted
On a shovel gingerly held above hot coals.
The Lane of their hearts scream with loss
In the dim-lit streets where lovely boys
Once bounced over toys and ruins
Left by wars of storming fathers.
Arnold Wesker, considered one of the key figures in 20th Century drama, is the author of 42 plays, 4 volumes of short stories, 2 volumes of essays, a book on journalism, a children\'s book, extensive journalism, poetry and other assorted writings. His plays have been translated into 17 languages, and performed worldwide. 2002 celebrated his 70th birthday and his 45th year as a playwright. 2006 celebrated his knighthood.