A red kite flies …

High on the hill
a ruined castle
stands aloof,
surveying time
with sightless eyes.
Forbidding walls
of blackened stone,
shadowed in shadow,
hold history’s heartbeats
of the nameless dead
as overhead
a red kite flies.
The valley now
and wind-scoured sky
his kingdom:
this wild domain .. his throne … .

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Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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6 Responses to A red kite flies …

  1. JM says:

    Hello Marya,

    I like your new home, so tastefully furnished, comfy and welcome-worded. I have been doing a spot of sight-seeing and admiring, and I fear I might be a frequent visitor.

    How well the red kite fits in with all that history that he might know nothing of. The contrast between all his speed and agility, and the static mass of stones, could not be greater. The colour and the grey. The antiquity and the youth. And the modest claims to grandeur of both.

  2. atomsofstars says:

    Hello again, Jamie 🙂
    Thank you very much .. You are most welcome ; I’ll always be delighted to see you . ( I must remember to have a supply of chocolate cake 🙂 )

    Have you ever seen a red kite flying ? Wondrous is the only word which comes to mind .. grace, beauty and regal power in motion.

  3. JM says:

    I have seen kites flying, Marya, but I haven’t knowingly seen a red one. It’s a shame, too, that I have never been able to study what I have seen. But I can imagine! One day I will spend time in the moorlands just watching and listening, as when a child in tame old Kent. The trees in my garden are homes to feral pigeons, blackbirds and, of course, the friendly robin ; bluetits only visit now, whereas they used to nest, but they can’t be far away.

    Chocolate cake? Is that wise? Do you know the desperate ways of addicts? 😉

  4. atomsofstars says:

    Good morning, Jamie … They are unmistakeable .. with an elegantly virtuoso display of their red tail feathers like an avian fan-dance 🙂
    I hope you do see one in flight one day .. they have been re-introduced in the Chilterns but I’ve only ever seen them in Mid-Wales.
    here’s a link for you .. I hope it works ..


    A blackbird is singing his uplifting song at this moment .. serenading April.

    It’s alright, Jamie .. you’re secret chocoholism is safe with me 🙂

  5. atomsofstars says:

    Umm … kind of, Jamie 🙂

    Have a happy weekend .. hope the sun shines in the Flatlands 🙂

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