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Sunset over the ancient  standing stones of Callanish  Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis,  outer Hebrides, Scotland.       Date: 1980
Standing Stones, Calanais, Isle of Lewis

 

The age-old clan is gathered, raised
from cold earth
to witness our solemnities —
decay, rebirth.

Reeds set to flute the Atlantic winds,
give blood and bone
ceremony of ocean
breathed through stone.

Small dial and compass to the vast
circles of time,
sealed portal touched awake by light
as suns align.

Still centrifuge that, once all flesh
melts from the spars,
lets fly each human spirit
to the stars.

 

© Jill Sharp
poem first published in Ye Gods, 2015
Picture 10170481, photograph by Bill Meadows

 

Jill Sharp grew up in the New Forest and now lives in Swindon, where she teaches with the Open University and runs regular writing workshops. Her poems have appeared in magazines, anthologies, newspapers and online. Her poetry pamphlet, Ye Gods, in which the above poem appears, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2015.