Hag Stones #poems #poetry

Hag Stone: a stone with a naturally occurring hole through it created by the actions of water: it reminds us of Gaia, Earth Mother and the divine feminine and is said to have magical properties, bringing luck and health

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From the sea we came, a strand of DNA

In an ancient time, from far away;

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The sea gave us up, unaware then

Of our evolution into thoughtless men.

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Today by that sea I scoured the shore

While above my head, a cliff, scars raw,

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Eroded by wind and tide and waves

Let young saplings go to a watery grave.

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Further away, perilously perched

The self-same sea attacked a church

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As toothless and Godless as friable land

Soon reduced to heaps of sand.

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That power, indifferent, not bad or good

Continues to grind, whatever its mood.

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The land, its peoples, evolve we must

While constant sea renders all to dust;

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After hours of toil, I found my goal

A lucky hagstone,  a stone with a hole.

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For nature offers this slow hard lesson

In the shape of a flint with a rounded lesion:

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If you wait long enough all will revert

To those base elements of water and Earth

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Meanwhile mothers, of both blood and soil,

Know luck is fine, but what counts is toil.

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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23 Responses to Hag Stones #poems #poetry

  1. Ritu says:

    Beautifully written His Geoffleship with lovely photos 😊

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    Beautiful words accompanied by amazing photos! Wonderful, Geoffle!

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  3. Mick Canning says:

    Very nice combination of words and photos, Geoff.

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  4. Philosophical, poetical, today, Geoff. Good one

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  5. Beautiful poem and message both. And I’m thrilled you found stones! “Hag” stones…interesting. We call them fairy stones or Odin’s stones. I love those!

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    This is beautiful Geoff, was it today, and wher was it ? xxxx

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  7. Aquileana says:

    A baleful presage in the action of the sea, which with its waves erodes and consumes, almost everything … Sea is eternal (we are not!) , and as you say “If you wait long enough all will revert, To those base elements of water and Earth”…
    There is a powerful pantheistic philosophy in your verses, Geoff.. you reminded me of Heraclitus!. Great share!… happy holidays to you. 😀

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  8. Never knew those stones (that look like very old ancient doughnuts) were so lucky, Geoff. A lesson learned from a very entertaining poem you have put together.

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  9. restlessjo says:

    Beautifully crafted, Geoff! 🙂 Festive greetings and wishing you a top class 2017.

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