Remanent of ancient splendour
Noble in isolation.
More valued than gold.
Roots beyond the present
Was but a speck on the landscape.
Before the land was,
Sheep shattered; slag scattered,
Stone slogged and groaning.
In the shadows, cloud and leaf speckled,
Moss clad stone, web strung,
Where silence is never total.
With Erme noise, weather changeable,
Buzzard mew and bobbing dipper.
In the not silence, quiet whispers
Of fungal root entanglement,
And spirits of the past.
Many, entranced by apparent mystery,
Miss the wonder, nature woven,
Of rising trout and lichen hair,
Soft song and gentle growth.
Of wind and rain, moves of moon,
Seasons passing and mighty migrations.
Amidst slope and stone, oaken
Strengths emerges and somehow remains,
Triumphant in a World largely unsympathetic
To the meaning of this ancient remanent.