My friend Brazier with his baby. He can sometimes be found in his bookshop in Dominion Rd. Graham was a founding member of legendary NZ band Hello Sailor.
Somehow it is no surprise to find the songwriter of “Billy Bold” and many other songs at home with books and words.
The shop abounds with interesting things.
Here is a note Graham’s mum typed out many years ago. There are a few differences but most of this comes from a very famous poem.
Here are a couple of verses from that poem called “Youth”.
“Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.”