Monday, 4 March 2013

HAILES CHURCH...

 Hailes, Stone Cold...

Out of the chilling Cotswold breeze
Into a silent chapel bleak, bare, cold as stone;
Unpolished pews warped, worn, acutely angled,
As crown of unlit candles dangled
And a myriad coloured ceramic tiles gleamed,
Set amongst stone...
Stout among the chilling memorial slabs,
Stood a potent, coarsely-hewn font of jaundiced stone;
Wall-painted disciples and horrors dully appeared,
Hunting hounds’ bare teeth at hiding harried hare sneered
And the oblique St Catherine’s beauty blessed and becalmed,
Cold as stone...
Pete Ray
March 1st 2013

St Catherine was a patron saint of teachers...

Hailes Church...

The font...

Hunting dog wall-painting...

The hare...

St Catherine...

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