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“Watchful Eyes – St Margarets Hemingby”

Grey and ancient I think we’d say
but standing proudly every day,
your bricks are crumbly your fabric grim
the hanging lamps are often dim
but you have the smell that brings much peace
of wooden pews a polished feat
humbly knelt by those that seek…
 
Our old clock that ticks and loudly tocks
though silent prayers it grunts and knocks,
watchful eyes that see it all, as shafting
sunlight bless shadowed walls.
Thin ancient mauve lit-leaded panes
breathe smoky rays of God’s dawning names
on brass plaques that honour those that fell
in 1914-18 – this war of hell!
 
But now,
still and quiet on Sunday faces, those that dream
of Heaven’s places-yet unseen…
The heart that beats in this ancient place of sometimes
sorrow or better still of wedding grace.
Of joy and love.
 
Your watchful eyes with secrets safe of bonny babes
in christening robes and pretty bones that kneel in rows
for those who ardently pray within these walls.
And love, yes love!
For is it not love that will echo through eternity?
For those we pray, those in mind most every day.
 
The sadness seen, the secrets kept
as those we love, join sleeping rest.
Within these walls St Margaret’s sees it all
with watchful eyes…
 
 

~Competition piece to raise funds for St Margaret’s~

 

9 comments

1 Margie { 08.15.13 at 5:46 pm }

Oh my, such a beautiful church and your poem is such a beautiful tribute to it!
Just lovely, Susie.
xo

2 Susie { 08.15.13 at 7:55 pm }

Thank you Margie – this is a competition poem with big hopes in raising a little money if it should win, for our village church which needs all the help it can get – St Margaret’s takes a lot to maintain but we are very fond of it and would like it to stay in good condition for years to come. My best wishes to you and thank you for the comment.

3 Margie { 08.16.13 at 7:30 am }

Well, I hope the poem wins.
I think it’s wonderful you want to raise money for your village church.

4 David King { 08.16.13 at 12:07 pm }

A fine strong poem. I sure hope it does well.

5 Susie { 08.16.13 at 1:43 pm }

Thank you kindly Mr King – It is doubtful a winner with all the amazing talent about but always worth a try I feel. Much costly work is needed to keep our little church going. My best wishes to you.

6 Elizabeth @ The Garden Window { 08.18.13 at 9:40 pm }

Susie, the poem is so evocative of our wonderful heritage of ancient, dreaming churches …… Good luck indeed!
When will the results be announced ?

7 Susie { 08.19.13 at 11:07 am }

Thank you Elizabeth @ The Garden Window – I have been wondering if this poem reads as well to those who do not know our little Village Church – ( the clock that loudly tock’s ) which is just what it does – very loudly!! Won’t know until February 2014 – it is very doubtful as there are so many wonderful writers but I’ve done my best after being asked to enter by a neighbour. Thank you for your comment x

8 Margie { 09.18.13 at 7:43 am }

Susie,
hope you are doing well.
xx

9 Susie { 09.18.13 at 8:01 am }

Hi Margie, Thank you. Yes I am fine and have just been up to Scotland for a lovely trip and to gain inspiration for my writing – how beautiful it is there! I have taken many photos and hope to write a little of my adventures soon. I hope you are well and happy and will be across to visit your page shortly. Sending all very best wishes x

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