Castlerigg (expanded version)

CASTLERIGG (expanded version)

Taking a moment.

Stripping away,
if you will,
all this dross and kerfuffle.

Each fanciful romantic phantasy;

……….every historical or contemporary scientific theory;

………………..each impeccably researched and flawlessly argued hypothesis.

Look around you;

the stones remain:



…………………………requiring no further definition


Their simple presence defines a place set apart,
a place to meet, undisturbed,
with opportunity.

A pool of water can take a long, long time
before the final ripple dissipates
and the sky is at last clearly reflected,
but a single moment, a single drop
and the picture disappears.

Me, I’m still a beginner at this ‘stillness’ business,
but then the stones have clearly been at it for a while.

Waiting …

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on December 16, 2011, in Poetry, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Wonderful. Stones, rocks… permanence. I love this, Ben. I would venture to say one of your very best.

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    • Castlerigg is only a few miles from our house. I am glad you like it so much, Denise. I completed the initial draft a while ago, but was not satisfied and left it to ferment for a while.


  2. A calming consideration. I would love to see those stones myself someday. It is good to know you find time to appreciate them

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    • “a place set apart,
      a place to meet, undisturbed,
      with opportunity.”

      It is possible to create such a place, even in the middle of a city, or in a prison cell. 🙂


  3. This is brilliant for two reasons; totally capturing the spirit of the place and more importantly for using the fantastic work “kerfuffle”!

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    • What kindness! My thanks. As a reward, here are a few nice frequently overlooked similar words.

      Synonyms: ado, alarums and excursions, ballyhoo, blather, bluster, bobbery, bother, bustle, clatter, clutter [chiefly dialect], coil, corroboree [Australian], disturbance, do [chiefly dialect], foofaraw, fun, furor, furore, fuss, helter-skelter, hoo-ha (also hoo-hah), hoopla, hubble-bubble, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly, hurly-burly, hurricane, hurry, hurry-scurry (or hurry-skurry), commotion [chiefly British], moil, pandemonium, pother, row, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, shindy, splore [Scottish], squall, stew, stir, storm, to-do, tumult, turmoil, uproar, welter, whirl, williwaw, zoo.

      My favourite is probably williwaw.


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