Walls and Poetry

The first of what I hope may be many!

The Stone Wall

“This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.”

― John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

The Raggedy Jaggedy Craggedy Snaggedy
Dry Stone Wall
The ant-eaten wind-beaten worm-eaten sun-sweetened
dry stone wall.
The raggedy jaggedy craggedy snaggedy
dry stone wall.
The sun-trapped snow-capped moss-capped madcap
dry stone wall.
The mouldery bouldery smouldery shouldery
dry stone wall.
The crosswise crabwise sheepwise slantwise
dry stone wall.
The crumbly grumbly jumbly tumbly
dry stone wall.
The moss house green house bug house guest house
dry stone wall.
The roughneck gruff beck tough sneck scruff wreck
dry stone wall.
The thunderous blunderous cantankerous wondrous
dry stone wall.
The rough-edged level ledge tight-wedged hard hedge
dry stone wall.
The macrocosmically rustic cryptozoically cosmic
dry stone wall.
The dark grey hideaway fairy fey glideaway
dry stone wall.
The ice-rift snowdrift makeshift river-gift
dry stone wall.
The Cumbrian sore-thumbrian breadcrumbrian
dry stone wall.
The stone-cold, stone dead, stonewashed,stone cast, stone age, stoneground, stoneweed,
stoneware, stone-cut, stone-worked, stone…walled
dry stone wall.

John Rice (DSWA.org.uk)

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