Roisin Duffy

THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH


They went for a walk on a Sunday,

two old people with creaky knees

and lots of time to kill, 

in between dinner and the news.


They wandered up a boreen

just to see where it went,

and there on a hill stood a church,

and they stood for a while in wonder.


What a strange place for a chapel,

where nobody visits,

no road, or shops,

or places for parking.


There is no sound to be heard

only birds singing,

and the sough of the wind

from the mountain, rising.


They stood for a time

in the fullness of silence

with the sun bathing

the white-washed chapel


in a clean, clear light,

and they realised something –

there is no better place,

for a country church.


copyright Roisin Duffy

Title: THE OLD COUNTRY

          CHURCH

Price: €450. Size: 19” x 19”.

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