WHICHAM VALLEY AS A SCRATCH ON A CD

WHICHAM VALLEY AS A SCRATCH ON A CD

“The Ancient Greeks thought agriculture the most noble profession” - Brian O' Connell, Greek And Celtic

If a place truly is its own mind,
this one quietly dreams
and falls ever further behind.

There's no Tourist sign to tell
how rich in natural and human history
is this valley by the oldest fell.

The church is built on the foundations
of the oldest stone built monastery
in this back lawn of a Nation.

On Sunday the nook of motorbikes
come for the valley's curves,
the free-flow of troughs and spikes.

Nature's scales are diatonic
and from all background static depression
here is her sonic, spiritual tonic.

The foothill Sea Ness I hear
from a white witch, who proofread for
Norman Nicholson was once 'Seer'.

I've seen some things in my time,
the gearbox of a driverless car,
culminating in the preternatural sublime.

The place is the consolation of the bucolic,
its lure telluric but not atavistic,
its Bede demiurgic, its justice noetic.

(2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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