Friday, 16 September 2016

Relic Environments Trilogy: Book III, Part 1.vii

from Book III, Part 1, The Lord of Time, His Curiosity and Galliard 


The Ruined Cottage


Had the gate not led to roofless stones



Had the stones not shouldered the lintel



Had the flocks not stitched the slopes



Had shadow not stained the tumulus



Had the hawk not pivoted from its height



Had the hawthorn not split the rock



Had the child not stood in the doorway



Had the child’s dark eyes not drowned the valley



Had the lake below not silvered in mist



Had we not stepped through the doorway



Through the cold grace of granite, in our ascent


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