Nothing unusual then

Sheep rub the wall

Wind waves the narrow pines

Up on Kirkcarrion.

Clouds set a shadow down

Over the hilltop

Birdsong is faltering

Dark on Kirkcarrion.

Something has touched the rocks

Turning them colder.

Empty of word or plan

Wait on Kirkcarrion.

Kirkcarrion is a small hill in rough grassland in South-western County Durham, North-east England. Kirk is the North of England and Scottish for church. There has never been a church there, but there are rumours that it was a pre-Christian religious site and that human sacrifice took place there. I don’t know of any archaological evidence of these rumours, but it is a place of rather grim appearance. Many people pass it as it’s just off the famous Pennine Way long-distance path.

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  1. So nice Simon….


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