Roman Fort (Mastiles Lane)

 

The winter nights had scarred the grass,

So daylight owls could scatter voles

By drifting up before the sun

And lazing on the barrack poles.

 

They came from many different worlds:

We saw them, heard them, speak in tongues.

They walked the land on rigid lines.

They sacrificed to moonless gods.

 

They came and raised their camp in view:

We’d smell the roasting fires at night.

They washed and burned the heavy rocks,

They drew their water from the spring.

 

The owl brings panic with its flight,

The Romans keep their torches bright.

 

 

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One Comment to “Roman Fort (Mastiles Lane)”

  1. Mastiles Lane is up on the tops above Malham, near the Tarn, in the Yorkshire Dales. The remnants of the Roman fort can still be seen by the lane. It is a windswept place…

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