The Stones Still Speak

The Stones Still Speak

Stone, Light and Prayer #2


Black jackdaws scavenge

Where white monks prayed

With songs coarser

Than the psalms they made

And the stones still speak

Of silence, prayer

The contemplation of God

Here, now, then and there.


This cycle of poems was inspired by a visit to Tintern Abbey in Wales. Previous posts continue after the image.


Tintern Abbey



The time was right

Light poured through

The emptiness of air

With a sun’s


This co-existence

Of history

And present will

So fair.



Tintern Abbey, Wales, August 2022

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