The jackdaw in the jacaranda Mused on times gone by, But could not understand the causes, Nor see the reason why. Like the jackdaw, in his collection of poetry Justin Gosling muses on times gone by, tackling the subject of getting older, while looking at the world around him with a mixture of wit and nostalgia. Drawing inspiration from literature and nature, and experimenting with poetic form, this collection is the perfect companion to a moment of reflection and is sure to bring a wry smile to readers old and young alike. Justin Gosling was a philosophy tutor at St Edmund Hall, Oxford from 1960 to 1982, when he was appointed principal. He retired in 1996. Verse writing has been a long habit: publication is a novelty.