Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Stat Crux Dum Volvitur Orbis

Stat Crux Dum Volvitur Orbis


The young have other priorities-

I understand that.

A leman to hold you,

Children running in the garth,

White flowers at the start of the year,

Apples in the long grass smelling sweetly of death-

These are all good things

While their seasons last.

But why should an old man or woman want more

Than a roof to keep the rain off,

A stout door to keep the newsmongers out,

Water running from a bronze tap,

A garden to dig in,

Books to read and write in,

Brothers and sisters- all close-

But none of them speaking

Except in silence-


The conversation of angels-

And one Friend

Steady in all his gifts,

Steady in every season,

Of whom it would be foolish to say more?


A tree is desirable too- especially if it’s a nut tree.

Although I wouldn’t say I needed it,

I am happy to have one.

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