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When stone talks

September 22, 2019

… what does it say?


she walks barefoot on rainwet grass
clockwise from stone to stone


a banner is billowing
we follow
walking into silence

silence is a crow’s cry
a plane high overhead
a dog barking far away

mountain corrie lake

in the top of this stone
there’s a landscape
a mountain
a corrie
a lake

stone cup

on my knees in wet grass I dip my head
to sip from the stone’s cup
rainwater soft on the lips
cold on the tongue

tilt my face to the sun
midway between midsummer
and midwinter

let something go
something that’s completed
it’s done
it’s gone
move on


KIN says the flag
we are kin to these stones
these encircling trees
these lichens this grass this breeze

Lichens 2

what can we give
to undo the damage
to undamage our doings

she hands me a flag
and I tilt with the tilt of the turning earth
whose bones are stone


all the flags are untied
all the words are unbound
to walk round this field of stones

Stone cloud tower

between a squat stone
and a squat stone tower
a towering cloud
a stone like a sheep asleep

book and cider

books to buy
cider to savour
and fresh-baked cake


If only all shopping could be like this!


Posted by Ama Bolton on 22 September 2019

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Beau Beausoleil permalink
    September 22, 2019 7:00 pm

    Those stones have always been talking, but it’s poets like you who give us a way to listen to them. Great series of photographs, put me right there with all of you. . .

    • September 22, 2019 7:52 pm

      Thank you dear Beau, but I have to say that it’s Alyson – a far greater poet – who listens to the stones talking in their sleep and lets us hear them.

  2. September 22, 2019 7:46 pm

    stunning beauty here.

  3. September 22, 2019 7:52 pm

    Thank you Petru. I always enjoy your work.

  4. Mary permalink
    September 22, 2019 10:06 pm

    I love this x


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