(Notes by Mary Hamer)
‘… it seems to me that every card in my working life has been dealt me in such a manner that I had but to play it as it came.’Speaking of his own exceptional success as a writer on another occasion, Kipling declared that he had been generously rewarded for doing what he could not help doing. Yet there was a downside. The voice of Diego Valdez, is that of a man trapped by his own success, scarcely able to recognise himself in the public figure he has become and longing for the freedoms of his youth. This sense of bewilderment links with the final line of “The Dykes”, where ‘our own houses show as strange when we come back in the dawn’.