Castle keepless

This odd piece of graffiti was photographed by Paul Militaru and inspired this short poem.


Dreams we keep in castles,

castle’s keep, a case of stone and casements,

live a time of timeless sleeps.

High and dry, no tide will sweep

except the high tide that figures in no almanac,

the green relentless tide that takes us unawares.

I sleep, dreamless now,

castle keepless,

for the tide has risen,

the time of breaking comes,

the flood breaks in breakers,

sweeping stone and piercing casements

with its pitiless green waves.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

20 thoughts on “Castle keepless”

  1. You certainly were inspired, this is beautiful Jane, you extracted such an amazing vision from the graffiti. The perfect combination of words and pictures.

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