Sunday, March 15, 2015

Yorvik

R.A.D. Stainforth on the City Walls, York, UK  (photo by Tess Kincaid)
 

Like the city, your grip is strong.
You guide me in quiet stride. 

Minster rises distant in paper-gray sky.  
We step the same medieval stones.

Wool-jacketed school children swarm the crossroad,
laughing.  The Ouse laps and sighs "Camelot!"

Creamy limestone becomes mildewed churches.
Rose windows.  Gothic curves.  Human efforts.

You point to chimney pots from station road walls.
I look up, hold tight against the cobbles.  

Our feet touch.  Suddenly, you are an ancient king,
noble as a chess piece, handsome among the yew trees. 



tk/March 2015 


Beautifully reminiscent read by R.A.D. ... 

York City Walls, March 5, 2015, photo by Tess Kincaid


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23 comments:

  1. When were you in York, and - more to the point - why didn't you come to Bath as well??

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  2. like the city, your grip is strong"..!!! lovely !

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  3. Ancient places evoke such feelings of history. Delightful.

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  4. I like this so much. So many different great lines. chess piece. the grip. I love it

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  5. What a special treasure this was, floating straight from your heart! He's got such a spring to his step and love your toes touching, and the end.

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  6. A perfect synopsis of your feelings while traveling Tess! Nice photos too. I didn't know that you and R.A.D. travel together how nice! I have never been overseas but have so many friends in the UK. Lovely people and rich history.

    I know traveling trumps weekly writes but the 2 week wait was not boring! Intrigue follows you everywhere! Enjoy your home sweet home I'm glad you're back this is really a Sunday thing with me now. ♥

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  7. A beautiful piece for a beautiful city! Love it.

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  8. history formed poetically revealed with striking imagery...amazing ...

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  10. Also enjoying your poetic experiences mixed with the reality of what's been happening with you as well. Thank you for sharing it all with us, as it really is an intimate affair of the heart and mind, which is also why I've had difficulty responding to this prompt. Perhaps we should leave you with it then, as you've expressed your moment so well. And, really, what else can any of us say? ;)

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  11. love the history in this...the place and yours.

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  12. Scalp as many Poms as you can while you are there , and smile sweetly for customs!

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  13. Very dreamy and romantic feel to this

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  14. I am smiling…and am with Sher in this. Thank you for including us on this very lovely journey in your life, Tess.

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  15. Makes me fall for York even more..

    Cheers

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  16. An atmospheric read, it's kinda revalued my interest in the place. I'm only around 3 hours away so I may just act on impulse one day!

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  17. Beautiful how you captured the magic of being caught up in a moment, caught up in your surroundings. Really enjoyed this immensely, Tess!

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  18. Somehow there is always an echo of the past in old places.. and sometimes a sense of deja-vu

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  19. It was very useful for me. Keep sharing such ideas in the future as well. This was actually what I was looking for, and I am glad to came here! Thanks for sharing the such information with us.

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  20. A tale interwoven in the history of the place ... loved it :-)

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