Margery Rehman

Rookie (Glasgow, Scotland but living in Karachi, Pakistan.)

Flashes Of Childhood 4; The Village, Longrigend.

Poem by Margery Rehman

Upon a hill, the manse dominated the landscape.
The largest house for many miles; double storeyed.
Ten rooms with outhouses, solid dark stone,
My mother's childhood home.

Winding past the manse, the road led down to the church,
Which stood way down in the valley, by the crook of the river,
Opposite a small disused paper mill.
A simple church, symbol of an austere, simple people.

Below the manse on the other side,
A couple of cobbled streets, cottage lined,
Led past a tiny post office, grocery shop and pub
To the two roomed village school-unutilised and empty.

To the north, derelict, stark remains of the coal mine,
Flooded pre-war, when the village began its slow decline.
To the south they worked the peat, cutting it line by line,
Laying it out like a dark chessboard along the hill's incline.

Lower down, a small coppice of slim, silver birches
The only trees in this vast, peat bogged moor.
Further on, stood large, lonely boulders, clothed in moss,
Great guardians of a forgotten land, brooding on some ancient loss.

For their company, only sheep, and moorhens hiding in the grass,
The odd curlew, wading in the marsh,
And the peewits high above, calling over and over again;
Their mournful cries like ghostly voices from the past.

Windswept, almost deserted,
The village somehow clung on,
Holding out as long as it could
Before the moors claimed it back as their own.


Comments about Flashes Of Childhood 4; The Village, Longrigend. by Margery Rehman

  • Alison Cassidy (1/7/2008 1:41:00 AM)

    This is a keenly observed remembrance of a time and place of long ago. Your images are very evocative and the general flow and structure of the poem, superb. Again the irony of decline whispers in the last stanza. Beautiful poetry. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥(Report)Reply

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  • Martin Zarrop (3/17/2007 7:05:00 AM)

    Margery, lovely atmosphere and imagery (as always) . I would have had more line breaks but what do I know? ! Hugs, M(Report)Reply

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  • Francesca Johnson (3/17/2007 5:37:00 AM)

    I loved the imagery in this one, Margery. Majesty and community slowly dying before, as you say, the moors claiming it back.

    Love, Fran xx(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 17, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 3, 2011