CF Post March 2018

Holland House Silent Retreat Beyond These Shores – Reflections

“The retreat was based around readings from “A Song Among The Stones” by Kenneth Steven. In a sequence of poems he writes he has “sought to give the sense of the fragments of some lost manuscript—-nothing more than the last worn away stones of the story”. The following extracts give, I hope, a “flavour” of the poem.”
This northernness novembered in a moment
Driven slate-gray in a suddenness of storm
And sometimes, just sometimes,
The glory of God in the morning
All I know is I must seek
This somewhere with all my soul
And the moon rose over the rim of the earth
And fell like fish upon the sea
Their moon road north
Islands of sea, floors of sea
Valleys of sea, hills of sea
Lifts of sea, slopes of sea
Hollows of sea, steeps of sea
Shapes of sea, shapes of sea.
Jane Johnston

March 2018 no 29