Celia, Celia by Adrian Mitchell
When I am sad and weary
When I think all hope has gone
When I walk along High Holborn
I think of you with nothing on
This is Adrian Mitchell’s most famous love poem written for his second wife, actress Celia Hewitt
Adrian Mitchell (1932 –2008) was an English poet, novelist, playwright, songwriter and journalist
Inspired by the example of his own favourite poet and precursor Blake, about whom he wrote the musical play “Tyger: A Celebration Based on the Life and Works of William Blake”, his often angry output moved from anti-war satire, to love poetry or stories and poems for children. His poems on such topics as nuclear war, Vietnam, prisons and racism were often read and sung at demonstrations and rallies.
Although a radical polemicist , he wanted to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. “Most people ignore most poetry,” he pointed out, “because most poetry ignores most people.”
But in his poetry there were lighter moments, too, as in his most famous love poem, Celia.