Friday 7 June 2019


                    photo:  The Hampshire Independent.

Watching the bulldozers from the roadside,
it's hard to believe my eyes.
What sacrilege is this? In a short time
it will be no more - not in it's present form anyway,
but will have become yet more housing no one can afford
nor ever really wanted. Greed. That's all it is.

And it's Soul will be consigned to purgatory,
taking with it all those who throughout it's long history
have fallen totally under its spell.
But what they fail to understand, these developers,
is the legacy of their actions: deaf ears 
to the heart-rending cries in tumbling walls, the old voices

that still catch in my throat.
And in the rising dust, I see a face
I saw in a mirror some thirty years back,
her blonde hair shimmering in a broken window pane.
Has she really remained here for so many years,
still clinging to these eerie darting shadows?

And when the devastation is complete, what then?
When the occupants move in, will she stay
along with all those others who languish still
within time's endlessly repeating loop?
There is so much they don't know
about this living relic they're tearing apart.

Materialistic eyes cannot see beyond their own avarice.
There is no respect for the multitudes of disfigured servicemen,
nor for all the rest of the battered and broken humanity that has passed
through these hallowed corridors...or those
like myself, one time patients who have left
traces of themselves in these ethereal wards

that will remain here, unseen, until the end of time.



  1. Written from the heart as you always write, my dearest Ygraine.
    Old buildings retain so many vibrations from the past.
    Stone can record the past and mirrors do capture images from so long ago.
    This is why I love old mirrors and old buildings.
    Marilyn hides in a full length mirror. Her youth and beauty retained and captured for those few gifted souls who can see her as she was.
    We, too, have many old hospitals here in the USA that have seen so much pain and hardships that they are haunted by the ghosts who lived and died there.
    Yes! Of course tear them down and please put up some glass and steel structure with no soul and no heart. Let the ghosts wander for eternity trying to find a home.
    Greed is for the living. May the buildings and spirits of the past turn to dust. The wealthy do not care.
    You and I understand that the soul doesn't die and needs a place to call home in death as in life.

    I love this very much My dear friend. It touches my heart and my soul~

    Hugs and Much Love

    1. Dearest Jan, oh how can I thank you enough...for both your kind words and for your understanding.
      I was admitted to this beautiful hospital no less than thirteen times throughout the 1980's, and to see it being so brutally torn apart now truly breaks my heart.😢
      Yes, I know you feel as I do, my beautiful friend...and that means the world to me.😊😊

      All my love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  2. Hi, Ygraine!
    Shockingly beautiful poem!

    1. Oh thank you, much!😊😊

      Love and hugs xxx

  3. I can only hope that the developers and their dollar obsessed backers are condemned to haunt the sterile nastinesses they create.
    Such a poignant and beautiful poem, on such a poignant and painful truth.

    1. I totally agree, Sue...nothing seems to matter to these huge organizations, apart from making even more money.
      And it is heartbreaking.
      This beautiful building has been the landmark of Aldershot for my entire lifetime...and now it is condemned to this! It should have been preserved as a museum in my opinion.
      So sad.😢
      Thank you so much...

      Lots of love and hugs ❤❤❤

  4. What amazing picture and poem Ygraine, send you hugs and love

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Gloria...I really appreciate that!😊😊
      I do hope your arm is getting a little better every day!

      Lots of love and hugs ❤❤❤

  5. Oh my, I love this. What an awesome poem.

    1. Oh thank you, much!
      I'm really happy you enjoyed...😊😊

      Hugs xxx

  6. Enjoyed this so much. Would love to roam the corridors and look into the past before the developers ruin the memories of such a distinguished past..

  7. Oh happy you enjoyed, Anthony...and my heartfelt thanks!😊😊
    I have been wanting so much to go inside and have a last look around, but the security is so tight, that it's virtually impossible.
    However, some people have managed to gain access. If you are interested to see the interior, please do click on my link above, and you will see their fabulous photos.
    Such a shame all this will soon be lost forever...
    Thank you again...I really appreciate your kind comment!😊😊

  8. Powerful and touching poem dear Ygraine!!!!!!!!

    i totally agree that materialistic people cannot feel the spiritual beauty of such buildings !

    only sensitive and loving heart can realize that present and future can be enriched with previous glory by preserving the heritage

  9. Thank you so much for understanding, dearest much it hurts to see a part of out heritage being turned into something it was never meant to be.
    Oh if only I had been wealthy...I would have purchased it and restored it to it's former glory, and then opened it to the public as a museum.
    Thank you again, my beautiful friend!😊😊

    Much love and hugs ❤❤❤

  10. A very good poem and, I so agree with what Jan said in the first comment.

    This was indeed written from the heart, and unfortunately what happened to this building has happened to so many others...

    Yes, I know we need housing but so often it is housing that the majority cannot afford.

    Continued positive and healing thoughts are winging their way to you … enjoy your week, I think it may be a rain filled one.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you so much, deepest appreciation.:)

      I agree, it is happening all over, isn't it...and it is really sad.
      If the housing were affordable, it would be a little more acceptable. But mostly it isn't.

      Aww...thank you for your kind thoughts, Jan...they are SO appreciated. Truly.:))
      I hope all is good with you, and that you are having a great spite of this awful weather!
      Where on earth is our summer?? Lol

      Love & Hugs xoxoxo

  11. Yes! Of course tear them down and please put up some glass and steel structure with no soul and no heart. Let the ghosts wander for eternity trying to find a home.
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