Tag Archives: ruin

On the Knott

on-the-knott

And in some corrugated field, a tower pointed at the clouds.
It dated from a bygone age, the soil around its base now ploughed
And fat with oats. In rough hewn blocks, precariously balanced stairs
Coiled upwards in a tightened spiral, hanging in the empty air,
Whilst arches held the walls above the swaying ocean of the crops,
And in the darkness just beyond came snorting sounds. We bravely stopped,
Convinced that we had seen six eyeballs blinking in the murky dark,
And egging one another on, we peered into the dungeon’s heart,
Where evil moaned in ghostly tones and demons shuffled in the deep,
Then screaming ran, as three brown cows emerged from where they’d been asleep.


At Greenhalgh Castle

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The aroma of earth churned up under our boots,
Mixed with fresh trampled grass and assorted plant roots,
As the fingers of mist insubstantially grasped
At our ankles, we stumbled and drew up at last
On the castle. Well, I say that – the crumbling pile
Of boulders and dressed stones just over the stile
Would, perhaps, be a far better way of describing
The half-broken knuckle of Greenhalgh. Deciding
To scramble our way up the bright orange banks
We burst through the briars, using rucksacks as tanks.
Then we stood in the only arched window remaining,
Well aware there was no roof, and now it was raining.


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