Saturday 5 April 2014

Mesolithic Edinburgh

Cramond is one of the most ancient sites in Scotland, certainly in Edinburgh. It is best known for it's Roman settlement, but it was also settled as far back as 8500BC in the Mesolithic Period (click on the above photo to read the information board!).

I was in Cramond yesterday, to add my objections to the exhibition of the proposed development of Cammo Fields (and you can read my thoughts on that here). It was a very misty day. Looking over the site of the Mesolithic settlement, I could almost imagine how it must have been all those years ago.

I leave the church hall and walk along the gravelled path
through the Roman site,
where signs label barracks and kitchens.

A car passes slowly on the winding tarmac lane.

I slip down the muddy slope
through layers of history.

Mist closes behind me
muffles vehicle noises,
hides the present and the Romans.

Ghosts gather between the trees,
middens of discarded hazelnut shells
their only legacy.

for NaPoWriMo


Karen M said...

This is so beautiful, Juliet!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful, peaceful yet haunting imagery.

Naquillity said...

what a great poem. i could almost imagine myself there with you. i sure hope your words didn't fall on deaf ears. good luck with everything. have a great weekend~

Bill said...

I love the poem, and I love the kind of moment when you can feel that the line between then and now has all but dissolved. We can get such moments even here in the US, but I've certainly had them in Ireland, France, and Italy. And someday, I hope, in Scotland.

A Cuban In London said...

I loved these lines: "I slip down the muddy slope/ through layers of history." Marvellous. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.