Tag Archives: interpretation

St Just…

*

“And what did St Just do?”

*

*

“Well, apart from displaying his true colours,

and confirming the link between the stonework

of ancient and less ancient sacred sites,

he also reminded us why we’re here.”

*

*

“That’s the church of St Just, what did the real St Just do?”

“Oh, pretty much the same sort of thing, I expect.”

How to disguise your sacred monument…

*

Firstly, cover it with the Dragon’s Breath…

Secondly, consign it to a relatively late historical period…

Thirdly, invent for it a plausible name…

*

*

“What is a miracle play, anyway?”

“It’s a medieval drama based on episodes from the life of a saint.”

“What, like St Just?”

“Yes, just like St Just, Hermit and Martyr.” …

*

 

Gone to earth…

*

It is, perhaps, natural to speculate

on the original inhabitant of our next site…

*

*

Given its proximity to Dans Maen,

a short walk away,

and to the road,

but a few feet…

*

*

It is tempting to ascribe it a hermit’s tomb…

*

*

Our notions of that venerable occupation,

today, differ somewhat from the undoubted

reality of the situation…

*

*

It is difficult for us to imagine him dancing.

 

An Angelic Canon…

*

Not to be outdone, our ‘Old Friend’, Kempe, decided to get in on the act.

Insisting we ponder again the expedience of canonising angels.

*

*

“Isn’t it obvious,” says Wen, with a twinkle.

“Only when you already know.”

*

*

“It’s about opening lines…”

“Of communication?”

*

*

Anyway, our ‘heavenly overseers’,

had not quite done with us, yet…

*

*

Fittingly fortified…

*

*

We finally headed off for a reunion,

and the start of our adventure…

Callings…

*

It is entirely possible that this ‘fella’ once stood in a ‘circle’.

He now guards a lay-by in an unassuming stretch of Dartmoor,

if such a thing can be said to exist.

*

*

Nearby, stands a ‘wayside cross’ which may not be a cross at all.

It may be a ‘hammer’ or a ‘thunder-bolt’.

It may even be a sign post…

*

*

We posit such querulous notions

only because the landscape

again appeared to be offering us ‘clues’.

*

*

And shortly after this impromptu stop,

the Dragon’s Breath completely whited us out…

We may have to go back again.