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Stable By Claudia Emerson

Inside the stables 1
A Family Stable in county Kilkenny
Photography : Nigel Borrington


By Claudia Emerson

One rusty horseshoe hangs on a nail
above the door, still losing its luck,
and a work-collar swings, an empty
old noose. The silence waits, wild to be
broken by hoof beat and heavy
harness slap, will founder but remain;
while, outside, above the stable,
eight, nine, now ten buzzards swing low
in lazy loops, a loose black warp
of patience, bearing the blank sky
like a pall of wind on mourning
wings. But the bones of this place are
long picked clean. Only the hay-rake’s
ribs still rise from the rampant grasses.

10 responses

  1. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    What a great poem to go with your photo (or vice versa?).

    December 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

  2. Really enjoyed reading this and looking at the linked picture

    December 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    • Hello Diana ….

      Thank you and I am very pleased that you enjoyed both πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      December 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  3. Beautiful tones in this image, Nigel. πŸ™‚

    And a nice verse to go along with it.

    December 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you, very happy that you like both the Poem and the image πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      December 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  4. Nigel I love the greys in this photo! The poem is perfect together with this photo! πŸ™‚

    December 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    • Hello Michelle πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , Very pleased that you enjoyed the Poem and the Picture !!!! πŸ™‚

      December 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

  5. Beautiful image Nigel – I love how you’ve treated the colours. Happy new year!!! : )))

    December 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

    • Hello Anne πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you and a very Happy New year to you and your Family !!!!

      December 31, 2013 at 5:56 pm

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