Academic journal article Outskirts

The Women's Stone Circle

Academic journal article Outskirts

The Women's Stone Circle

Article excerpt

At Stonehenge

The monoliths stand tall

Square their shoulders to the icy winds

Throw hard shadows on the thin grass.

These armoured knights at a round table

Occupy the tableland,

Cast stern brows across the sweet skies.

Hardy sacrificed Tess here,

Gave no solace to that love-torn lass,

And no solace is given now

To this woman, by this dark circle of stone.

Avebury is different.

Three circles, not one,

Circles within circles, arms enfolding.

Enclosure for all.

May-Day heathens in a Springtime dance,

The stones curve and sweep

Across wavy hillocks of breeze-rippled wheat.

Here, at the centre of the circles

A village welcomes with a snug hearth.

One line of stones meets the shelter of a barn

The respite not a broken thread at all. …

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