Loss by Vivi Steels

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Imogen Skirving, owner of Langar Hall Country House Hotel in Nottinghamshire, was killed recently while on holiday in Menorca.   Imogen was an absolutely special and wonderfully unique person, who made you feel special. She always made sure you were looked after at Langar Hall and was so interesting to talk with. Ian and I go every few weeks for Sunday Lunch at Langar Hall and we loved Imogen, her staff and the whole atmosphere created there. Nothing was too much trouble. We are so very upset and will miss her dreadfully.  As someone pointed out, it will not be the same without her. I bought her wonderful book, 'The Reluctant Restaurateur', which she personally signed for me and which I shall treasure. Ian and I are thinking of her staff and all her family at this terribly sad time. I wrote this poem for Imogen not long after hearing about her death.




For Imogen:


You never know

how much you will miss someone

until they leave this life


remembering them

with sunlit reveries

brings ease of mind


as memories tiptoe

up tree-lined paths

past sheep, cotton-wool white


in green-dappled fields

wrapping arms round

an orange-washed hall


where dreams of people

sleep and eat

in gilded rooms


floating amongst the tables

talking with friends

taking food orders


your kindness mixed with

business acumen

like a good meal


your love of adventure

mixed with a sensibility

about who we are


giving hospitality to pilgrims

as they walk through

your life


now walking into

your new life

without us.


© Vivien Steels

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