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Friday, 21 November 2014

ODE TO SCOTNEY CASTLE



Of medieval crumbling stone,
your dreamy tower
rises out of reflections
of another world:
bewitching as an escapade
into childhood's exquisite fairyland.

Dancing on chilly winds
autumn's falling leaves,
yellow-gold: a testimony
to nature's endless cycle
of birth-death-rebirth,
enduring - like you.

Marbled afternoon sky.
Shadows lengthening inch-by-inch,
mirrored in leaded windows
out of which peer
the insubstantial faces of ghosts
of those who lived here once...and never left.

29 comments:

  1. I don't know what to say? I love how you describe everything! My mind can see exactly what you are saying! You take me to another place ;o) Excellent as always ;o)
    My friend, did you want to be entered into the giveaway on my blog? Just want to make sure ;o) Big Hugs and thanks for your comment ;o)

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    1. Oh Stacy...it was such a beautiful atmospheric place that I just had to write about it and record my visit there.
      I am so, so happy that you liked it...oh I wish you could have been there with me and seen it for yourself!
      Thank you so much :)

      p.s.
      Yes please, I would really like to be entered into your giveaway!

      Big Hugs xxx

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  2. Hi Ygraine...wowness..this is sublimely-beautiful! This is visually gorgeous in words and deeply soul-stirring for me...I feel very drawn....a powerful pull! ..this has captured my heart in a magical way! I have read it a few times now...enjoying it even moreso each time...I love it.

    This is my newest favorite of your works ! I feel this is a poem I wish to read yearly on a special moment /sacred-time/event..do you know what I mean?! so many wise-metaphors/wisdom in words through all the images and emotion you have weaved!!
    many blessings...namaste
    Victoria

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    1. Oh WOW...thank you SO much, dear Kindred...although I am sure I really don't deserve such generous praise for my simple scribblings!
      I feel so honoured...so very honoured...oh thank you.:)

      Hugs and Blessings xxx

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  3. A wonderful tribute to castles and their histories, not just one.. Viewing old castles always takes me back in time to those ghosts before they turned…

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    1. Me too, Anthony...I so adore old castles...where you can actually feel yourself drawn into their past history.
      Many thanks :)

      Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  4. A fine poem. I was transported by it, not physically to Kent but emotionally to a focal point between worlds.

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    1. Yes...think I found that magical place between worlds, too, when I was here!
      Thank you so much, Geo.:)

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  5. Beautiful Ygraine !
    I love castles and histories of them:)

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    1. Thank you, Gloria...so much!
      I have loved them too, ever since childhood...I was especially fascinated with their spiral stone staircases!

      Big Hugs xxx

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  6. Every time you get me with such powerful emotions the wish to be in a castle that doesn't exist anymore except Centuries ago, I want to be there with whatever comes, I love old castles, I've seen fabulous fabulous remains in Spain but I know where you are, I would never leave, your writing comforts me with its possibilities that one day I will leave this world where I don't belong and enter yours...your writing sends me away far away from my dreaded reality and I bless you with all my heart....

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    1. Oh Sweetie...your kind, kind words so move me...I am close to tears. Truly.
      You and I are so similar...I'm convinced that I don't really belong in this rather harsh reality either...perhaps one day we will meet up in a place where we both belong...oh I hope...

      Love and Hugs xxx

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  7. Gorgeous photo and the most beautiful words that I have read in a very long time...thank you for both, dear Ygraine~
    xoxoxo

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    1. Oh wow...thank you, dear Jan.
      Your more than kind words mean so, so much...:)

      Big Hugs xxx

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  8. Great blog♥

    How about follow each other?
    I follow your blog. Waiting for you♥
    My Blog: http://juliemcqueen.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Julie, so great to hear from you!
      Many thanks for following me...I will visit your blog shortly :) xxx

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    2. Hi again!
      I have been to your blog...it is brilliant!
      I will return again later to read some more.
      I wanted to leave a comment and to follow you, but seemed to be unable to as I'm not a member of Google +.:/
      Is there any other way I could follow?
      I do hope so! xxx

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  9. It's not just the poem that is beautiful, the image is gorgeous! :-) Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Many thanks, CiL...so happy you enjoyed this!

      Have a wonderful week...:)

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  10. What a lovely place that must be.

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    1. It really is amazing, Lon...I so hope you get to see it someday.
      Many thanks :)

      Hope you are having a great week x

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  11. Beautiful castle and BEAUTIFUL words. I would love to see this in person someday :)

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    1. Oh I really hope you do get to visit Scotney someday too...it is incredibly atmospheric.
      Thank you so much :)

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  12. i would love to visit a castle...to walk the stone and hear its stories spoken to me...i was born well beyond my time...smiles.

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    1. I have always been fascinated by them and visit whenever I come across one.
      They are amazing...so steeped in history and some - like this one - harbour such powerful atmospheres...it is almost as if present and past merge within their ancient walls.
      Think I must have lived in a bygone era, too...I've never felt quite at home in this time! ;)

      Many thanks, Brian :)

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  13. nice to see the old castle. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. If only a photo could do this fascinating place justice...you have to be here to fully appreciate the powerful atmosphere!
      Many thanks for visiting.:)

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  14. Brilliant photo Ygraine! And an excellent poem! Your words provided the fabulous
    atmosphere, caught in the reflections I saw the ghosts of the past and felt
    the magic :)

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    1. So glad you could feel the atmosphere too!
      Thank you so much for visiting this fascinating place with me.:)

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