Sacred Path

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Sacred Path

 

we walked the ancient path together

where ancestors had worn the land

into a waypoint to the barrow

 

carefully observing rituals and customs

under azure skies we stumbled on our way

across this land of Albion

 

the hops the wheat the barley

bowing heads in solemn recognition

of the passing of souls

 

as we walked we talked of many things

the politics the music the literature

of the common tribe of man

 

we were friends treading a familiar trail

sometimes that side sometimes this side

of the birch hedgerow

 

sometimes out of sight

but always within hearing

until you were not

 

I realised that you had taken

the opposite way around the mound

and you would be in shade and I in light

 

now there was the grave between us

and I would not see you

until we rejoined the path on the other side

 

the solstice sun settled behind a dark cloud

and I shivered for the loss

of its warm companionship

 

we had had the best of times

and as the autumn beckoned

winter would soon be upon me

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Martin Elder

Thu 22nd Feb 2018 22:48

I think Keith is right in that it has an almost mystical quality about it. Wonderfully put as usual Ian.
Love it
I am intrigued to know where the accompanying picture is of.
Nice one mate

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raypool

Thu 22nd Feb 2018 22:36

Really excellent Ian. It has a long view and a gentle warmth to it - an allegory of the death of a close one I should say. Highly affecting stuff. Very distinctively written.

Ray

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Hannah Collins

Thu 22nd Feb 2018 16:25

Beautiful poem.

Hannah

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keith jeffries

Thu 22nd Feb 2018 09:20

Ian,

Thank you for this poem which will speak to many but in different ways. It has a mystical quality which gives hope in a gentle but clear way.

Keith

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