It's quite a steep walk up to the city centre from Sheffield's railway station, but the route is interesting, passing through part of the campus of Sheffield Hallam University. Some of the buildings have artwork and poetry on them, which is rather nice. The Owen Building holds these lines by the former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion; 'What If..?', written in 2007 for a literature festival.
"O travellers from
somewhere else to here,
Rising from Sheffield Station
and Sheaf Square
To wander through the
labyrinths of air,
Pause now, and let
the sight of this sheer cliff Your thoughts are like
Become a priming-place this too: as fixed as words
which lifts you off Set down to decorate
To speculate a blank facade
What if..? And yet, as words are too,
What if..? all soon transferred
To greet and understand
Cloud-shadows drag what lies ahead -
their hands across The city where your
the white; dreaming is repaid,
Rain prints the sudden The lives which wait
darkness of its weight; hidden as yet, unread."
Sun falls and leaves the
bleaching evidence of light.
And this is in the Winter Garden. I couldn't find the author but some sterling detective work by John at the wonderful http://bystargooseandhanglands.blogspot.com/ has identified this as a poem called 'Twinned with Mars' by Roger McGough. Thanks, John.