Hengistbury Head

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Hengistbury Head

safe haven for Hengist
beached his hoard
long ships drawn up
in inner waters
black now their beams
bright then with whale oil

shield wall turned earthen
ditch and rampart
sea-walled for safety
inside camp-fires
heart beat of  invaders
sword upon shield

riding and raiding
out into the country
rich gut of churches
abbeys and monasteries
golden the candles
fireworks the crosses

warning bells ringing
the pagan among them
Roma Dea fallen
Romulus and Remus
England now burning

2 thoughts on “Hengistbury Head

    • Thanks, Chuck. I think England may be burning again right now. Lots of talk about a reunited Ireland. Scotland talking a separation referendum (to stay in Europe). Wales might follow suit. The Untied Kingdom: a Freudian Slip that says it all.

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