Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Yellow Hill



On the yellow hill there are no memorials
But set before it are fractured hollows where stone should be
And in the ruins and tramways stand the quarry men's houses
Where there are voices that we cannot hear

Nails in boots on cobbles
The dust and toil
The hail, wind, rain and snow

This is the place where voices would have been heard
They would have been here mixed with steam and hammer blows and furnaces
Cranes, shovels, tuns

The birds would have seen the capped heads of men
Iron wheels and oiled hands

Now they see the yellow hill
The curling grasses
And grazing the empty land - sheep, ponies, cows
And a man with a dog
Scribbling.


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An idea for another painting is formulating.

Paul.