Wednesday, 17 April 2013


"At Briggflatts Meetinghouse"

Boasts time mocks cumber Rome. Wren
set up his own monument.
Others watch fells dwindle, think
the sun's fires sink.

Stones indeed sift to sand, oak
blends with saint's bones.
Yet for a little longer here
stone and oak shelter

silence while we ask nothing
but silence. Look how clouds dance
under the wind's wing, and leaves
delight in transience.

- Basil Bunting (1975)


William said...

Thank you for posting this. I was particularity irritated by the way the Bishop of London (of all people!) tried to co-opt Methodism in his eulogy.

I can't think of a single thing she did that any of the non-conformist churches would have supported - especially all the militarism.

Alex Niven said...

Yeah I totally agree. Even the Anglican church was pretty anti-Thatcher at the time wasn't it? Maybe the Bishop of London was chosen specifically because he was pro. Shouldn't it have been the Archbishop of Canterbury? Seems he might have refused.

simonee said...

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