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DOWN BY THE MEWSTONE

Recalling the metalled track from Higher Brownstone to the old WW2 gun emplacements 

opposite the Mewstone rock at the estuary of the beautiful River Dart in South Devon.

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Near Kingswear Town, there stands a tree

That stands alone and waits for me

To take the track back to the sea,

The way down by The Mewstone.

 

Past the beacon in the corn,

Built for every seaman born,

To the works of war forlorn

At bay down by The Mewstone.

 

Above the rocks, beneath the pine,

Look-outs lost in leaf and vine,

Still staring out in dark design,

Decay down by The Mewstone.

 

When life and living make no sense

And all I care for gives offence,

I do not fret but get me hence

To stray down by The Mewstone.

 

And when I walk that winding lane

Towards the sea beyond the grain,

I find my peace of mind again -

And pray down by The Mewstone.

 

The fields my church, the wind my choir,

The sky above a mighty spire

That soars and draws my spirit higher

Each day down by The Mewstone.

◄ TWO GIGGLING GIRLS

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Comments

Nick Coleman

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Wed 26th Oct 2011 19:49

Repeat Johns words on this. and am fond of 'poems of place' We all need somewhere like The Mewstone.

M.C. Newberry

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Wed 26th Oct 2011 14:53

I appreciate the kindness. I think the form used stems from my love of music and the rhythm
of lyrics. My late eldest sister (she married a US officer wounded around D-Day plus 7) and
spent the rest of her life in the USA) served at the gun emplacements and that spot has a personal resonance for me, besides being in a
beautiful setting on the SW Peninsula Path now. See your messages for a response to one of
your previous comments. Thanks.

John Coopey

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Wed 26th Oct 2011 13:00

Top bombin', MC. Particularly like the uplift of the final verse. (Too much to comment on in that verse alone, but "soars and draws my spirit higher" - exceptional). You can tell a good 'un.
I notice you use the form quite a lot - is it a favourite?

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