Bamburg Castle



Frenzied sparkles of mist forebode the future as waves beneath crystal droplets ferry silhouettes of stealth headed with single mindedness over emerald shoals and burnt sand to clamber up grassy lowlands amongst the grey green tussocks close to shore.

Seemingly leading the now visible shapes a sedge warbler wings his way higher to ridges of basalt berm followed over centuries by Vikings, Scots and Normans trampling over wild onion, bramble and forget-me-nots, each laying claim to the prize garnishing this dolerite hill of Northumberland, a fortress of pinkish iron flecked sandstone, shielding rock, spear, sword and swarms of brawny, power hungry men.

Though breached the citadel stood fast to ultimately watch the marauders return on receding I sanguineous waves to the sea while the ancient castle rested, overlooking coved dunes, tufts of bent grass, and broad sloping berms spotted with rock rose, bell heather and worn paths leading to medieval gates now open for peace, brightening the entrance to courtyards, buttressed walls, and grand halls beneath sentinel towers rising through clouds to overlook the North Sea. 


Augustus / Houston, TX / June 2017

  • Author: Augustus (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: June 18th, 2017 10:13
  • Comment from author about the poem: Became fascinated with the photo.
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 55


  • swingline

    Yes , Yes I see it far off in the distance .

  • kevin browne

    stunning. well done for the imagery, Augustus

    • Augustus

      Did some research on grass and such.

    • orchidee

      A fine write Aug.

    • P.H.Rose

      Wonderful poem Augustus
      I am not far away from
      Bamburg castle, my son
      Lives on the outskirts of
      Newcastle... it a beautiful
      Place.... we come here every
      Two weeks or so and help
      Him with his new house...

      • Augustus

        Did research on rock, soil, etc. Lovely area. Your son is lucky.

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