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  • By Jason Emerson

Glastonbury, England: A Memory and an Old Photograph

What intrigued me most that windy day was she,

She who sat alone on a bench of stone on the top of Glastonbury Tor,

Who cared nothing for the tourists, or the tour, or the faint memory

Of Christian ruins on Celtic ground:

She was a bastion of meditative simplicity;

She was there to be there, and being there was to be.

In a crack, in a crevice of the old stone wall,

Centuries old and built and burned by monkish hands,

A modest flower bloomed, I don’t know the name, a small

Blue flower where no flower should have bloomed

In the chinks of boulders hauled bare-backed across twenty miles of open lands:

It cared nothing for history, or introspective philosophy;

It was there to be there, just being there was its benevolency.

I left both blossoming as I found them.


Jason Emerson is a poet and historian. He has published poems in about half a dozen journals, and is the compiler and editor of the book, Lincoln's Lover: Mary Lincoln in Poetry (Kent State University Press, 2018)

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Convidado:
21 de set. de 2023

Verses as lovely and evocative as the sentiment expressed

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bobbyfunderburk1
bobbyfunderburk1
21 de set. de 2023

This poem is an elegant mystery. The girl, sitting alone, the single flower, unfazed by the tourists around them. And, as the flower, the girl blooming where no girl should have bloomed. Is she a refuge of peace or an isle of loneliness. The imagery is perfection.

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martinmccarthy1956
martinmccarthy1956
21 de set. de 2023

I like this poem. It's very vivid and real, and has me right there with you, seeing everything - the ruins, the tourists, the lone girl on the seat, and the lone flower in the crevice - all there as they are, in the simple wonder of the actual moment - not somewhere back in history. Well done, Jason!

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Convidado:
21 de set. de 2023
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I agree with everything you said, sir. I absolutely love this poem! It’s simply marvelous. It also appeals to me personally because I am of English ancestry and the UK is one of the many countries I have long wished to visit.

- Shannon

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