Formidable OnceAA

Formidable, once:

Within this place was safety born

Exchanged for fealty, price of stones

That made these walls and saved your bones


Tracks in the sand:

The beach on which you walk your dog

Is wet where bishops splashed ashore

The highway of the sea a grateful, distant roar


Oak-panelled door:

Beneath which we pass in droves

A portal – then – to smells of meat and seat

For those who of this rank would proudly meet


But not for you nor I:

From simple huts of wood and earth

Our forebears gazed on castle keep

Unaware of centuries’ deadly creep


Tamed, exhibited now:

Its heavy stone enduring still

But only that; the purpose and the head are fled

To southern climes where power is better bred…


©️Stephen Tanham

Photo by author: Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland.


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