The Anannage

Oh yes, their feet, in ancient time, did walk
on England's pleasant fields - Salisbury Plain
the Vale of Pewsey, Bodmin Moor, arcane
East Anglian woodlands where the soft chalk
shimmers in the soil, here they left their mark
and, working on a suitable terrain,
they taught our forefathers the measured chain.
Yes, they were here: you could have heard them talk
in Heaven's language, our own parent tongue,
whilst fresh winds billowed out their linen robes
and cold rain fell. Although long lost they live
in legend still; they are the Ones, the young,
the free, who built the fairy hills, whose probes
circled this earth. What knowledge they did give!

Barbara Joy O'Brien