Sunday, January 8, 2012

day 363 ~ the copse


Modern Elfland
by G.K. Chesterton

I cut a staff in a churchyard copse,
   I clad myself in ragged things,
I set a feather in my cap
   That fell out of an angel’s wings.

I filled my wallet with white stones,
   I took three foxgloves in my hand,
I slung my shoes across my back,
   And so I went to fairyland.

But lo, within that ancient place
   Science had reared her iron crown,
And the great cloud of steam went up
   That telleth where she takes a town.

But cowled with smoke and starred with lamps,
   That strange land’s light was still its own;
The word that witched the woods and hills
   Spoke in the iron and the stone.

Not Nature’s hand had ever curved
   That mute unearthly porter’s spine.
Like sleeping dragon’s sudden eyes
   The signals leered along the line.

The chimneys thronging crooked or straight
   Were fingers signalling the sky;
The dog that strayed across the street
   Seemed four-legged by monstrosity.

‘In vain,’ I cried, ‘though you too touch
   The new time’s desecrating hand,
Through all the noises of a town
   I hear the heart of fairyland.’

I read the name above a door,
   Then through my spirit pealed and passed:
‘This is the town of thine own home,
   And thou hast looked on it at last.’

While I was creating today's tree, one of my aunt's sent that first photo to me. That's me and my young dad in 1968.

Instead of a feather in my cap, it looks as if I opted for a diaper and red socks.


  1. Understatement of the young year so far : "this is a very moving post."

  2. Phenominal post!! Moving poem and my heart skipped a beat in seeing your trees creation. WOW!!