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Merlin's Task

'The twelfth-century Historia Regum Britanniae, by Geoffrey of Monmouth, includes a fanciful story of how Stonehenge was brought from Ireland with the help of the wizard Merlin.'  - Wikipedia
 
'Lincolnshire artist recreates Stonehenge from his own kidney stones.'           BBC News 10th January 2023

 
henge

Itís said that Merlin bore them here
Around 5,000 years ago.
I know they cost the bearer dear.
 
The sarsens and the bluestones rear
Above the Plain. What lies below?
Itís said that Merlin bore them here;
 
The lintels lying like a bier
Weigh each two dozen tons or so.
I know they cost the bearer dear.
 
Each tore right through, a ripe menhir,
And issued in a bloody flow.
Itís said that Merlin bore them here:
 
A sacrifice or souvenir?
A victory of sorts, although
I know they cost the bearer dear.
 
Through Logres up to Lincolnshire
The old way runs. Though none can know,
Itís said that Merlin bore them here.
I know they cost the bearer dear.


Julia Griffin

If you have any thoughts on this poem, Julia Griffin would be pleased to hear them.

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