The way in
Is the way out…
The way out
Is the way in…
In the way
Is the way.
…They do have something of the ‘other-world’ about them these places.
‘No un-authorised person beyond this point,’ said the sign.
‘But we are more authorised than anyone ever could be,’ said Wen.
It is difficult to disagree but then the village of Cerne Abbas is in itself quite otherworldly too.
I got exactly the same feel from it as when I first went to Glastonbury.
It felt like we had left England and gone abroad, perhaps to France…
‘Albion!’ smiles Wen, ‘the whole of these Blessed Isles used to feel like this…’
The first key…
Bigger than me…
and inside, a box; identical but smaller, in order to fit, with another key.
Key number two…
As big as you…
whose mote is my beam, now clearly seen as I click the lock and find inside another box, identical but smaller…
Key number three…
What will we see…
as we flick the lock and peer inside the box? A heart, blood red and still beating…
The ground starts to shake with footfalls much bigger than me and a large eye appears at the church window.
‘Fee… Fi… Fo… Fum…’ says the Giant.
On one side a giant kisses the sky,
On the other a fore-finger, its hand buried in clay.
Yet should you ask, ‘why?’
There is no one left to say…
Can a sliver of blue heaven
Between hard rock face,
Answer the riddle
Set by time and place?
Could Sentinels of Stone point out the way?
Is there really such a difference betwixt night and day?
First it was a tickle,
Then it was a stroke…
As the pale sun’s disk
Caressed by bark
Slid down to earth
And then began to talk…
‘You enter this portal to
avoid traversing the dark.’
I have lain here for millennia
watching ages pass.
Great beasts once roamed my slopes.
I saw them take to the air.
Their leathery calls scarring the sky.
In a fiery eye-blink they were gone.
Ice flows then kissed my rugged cheek
with cold, thin, sticky, lips
and time ushered in a new form of dominion.
But they too have all but gone now
transforming themselves into machines
which will devour everything
like the great beasts of old.
But I will still endure, watching
ages pass, for millennia more…