Poem of the Week–Ancient Roads

Ancient Roads

At Brú na Bóinne,
Neolithic people walked on ancient roads
through sacred Irish land,
toward prehistoric passage graves
and ceremonial temples like Newgrange,
where grass grows atop a rounded mound
over white quartz walls layered with earth and stone,
carved circles, spirals, chevrons, arcs,
created by a people older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge,
who feared the loss of light in autumn’s abbreviated days,
building this holy place which keeps a secret all year long
until dawn of Winter Solstice
when the rising sun peeks in through a roofbox
aligned to capture the rays,
sends them to the inner chamber,
flooding the floor with light –
an annual miracle providing reassurance that the days,
once again,
will begin to lengthen

Nancy Haskett
Modesto Branch, CA

Comments

  1. Nancy Haskett says:

    Thanks to all for your positive comments. I’m glad you liked the poem. Visiting this ancient, sacred place was very memorable. When you visit Newgrange, you can put your name into a lottery; every year, only a few people’s names are drawn and given the opportunity to journey there during the Solstice to witness this miracle. How exciting that would be!!

  2. Barb Whitmarsh says:

    NOTHING LIKE ANCIENT PLACES AND LENGTHENING DAYS.
    NICE POEM HERE.
    B. WHITMARSH
    ST. LOUIS BR. NLAPW

  3. Calder Lowe says:

    In reading Nancy Haskett’s “Ancient Roads,” I feel as though I have been privileged to access the simultaneity of the Sacred. The lush imagery transports one from prehistoric times to the present as we once again savor the perpetual “miracle” of lengthening days.

  4. We visited Newgrange last year and this poem truly captures the essence of that amazing artifact of the past. And yes, before the pyramids!

  5. Lois Batchelor Howard says:

    This is a WOW. Thank you. I love the way you write…picturesque and giving the reader continued enlightenment o’er the winter solstice. Interesting, too. Merci. Lois Batchelor Howard, Palm Springs, CA branch, NLAPW

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