Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 162: Castle Douglas

Villanelle for Threave Castle

Four different kinds of mower trim the grass
Around the castle's carefully nurtured pile,
In this well-tended garden of the past.

Their wild days ended, the stones that line the path
Give but a tamed historical allusion, while
Four different kinds of mower trim the grass.

No feudal turbulence is here, nor verdant tangle.
No mess of blood or weeds assaults the sight
In this well-tended garden of the past.

Why not? Threave never could be as it was;
Serenity abounds here, so do not smile to find
Four different kinds of mower trim the grass
In this well-tended garden of the past.

 

Stephanie Jupp

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