Groundsmen at Alnwick Castle

Groundsmen at Alnwick Castle - part of the Northern Lights project, written by James Tierney


In a place of courageous landscapes

Caretakers of creation
sat and looked at things worth looking at

Now a garden

A memorial of flowers
to those who went before

Back to their roots

Tales beyond the telling
of people

shaped by the stains of history

they talked of things
worth talking about

Worse than expected

Now empty
as if war had emptied it of men
with the patience
of bird watchers
they fell silent

So small the grave
so large the graveyard

Small like brush strokes on a large canvas
Hanging in the home that is their castle

All the more memorable because of it