The church tower …

Beyond the high and ancient wall

the silhouetted tower of the village church

merged with the shadowed stone

in overlapping centuries.

Beneath the ivied lych-gate, time and fortune,

love and life have passed like the season’s berries

that bedecked the sombre yews

and scatter now upon the mossy path

like scarlet beads of blood.

Unexpectedly, tears blurred my vision

as the setting sun spread beauty from the burning palette

of the sky;

with a valedictory light the low sun

imbued the ironstone and slate with a softened afterglow;

a benediction from the day.

From the gate beyond the wall

I saw the mellow moon ascend

to claim the mantle of the night

and shine a yellow pathway to the time-worn names

incised upon the tombs – in memoriam.

There is a serenity here in this hushed and hallowed place :

the mysteries of life and the agelessness of love;

the histories of death and birth

revealed by the moon’s impassive face

on stone by weathered stone,

which lie at one with the accepting earth

beneath the canopy of sparkling stars above … .

About atomsofstars

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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2 Responses to The church tower …

  1. didacuscorner says:

    ‘The church tower…’ is perfect, in its way…But an innate empathy with the melancholy, a grecian profile and an expert use of colours and tones bring the beneficiary to infinite and beyond… Thank you very much…Marya ‘pays, by liras, l on Saturday, too…’…

    • atomsofstars says:

      Good morning, Didacus …

      Thank you very much for such complimentary words .. I’m pleased that these thoughts appealed to you so much.
      Hope you have a happy weekend.

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