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 Post subject: Spirits of the Motorway
PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:10 am 
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Spirits of the Motorway

Oh you spirits of the motorway
I see you line the roadside standing there
You watch us as we all rush by
On our flights of fancy from the here & now
We rage, we roar, we fly so swiftly by
The weightless gazes of our ancestors all unseen
Deep in the dreaming of the land.

Oh you spirits of the motorway
You come from henge age, singing on the hill
You hid among the oaks of wind whispered lore
You toiled in sweaty summer fields
You hunted, fought & founded dynasties
& now you watch us from your timeless home
Deep in the dreaming of the land.

Oh you spirits of the motorway
You saw the cities throw wild towers to the wind
Rise & shout their cares into the sky
The gentle minds of working country folk
Sent all their lives to tend the looms & the mills of hell
& search through the rubbish for their roots
Deep in the dreaming of the land.

Oh you spirits of the motorway
You saw us come with iron machines
To tear the guts out of the heath
To show the sun a hundred million years
Means only money to our idiot lords
While you weep for us who seem so stupid & yet so proud
Deep in the dreaming of the land.

Oh you spirits of the motorway
It must be love & pity holds you here
Watching us in our sad high speed parade
& calling to us gently, “Heed the sun
The moon & stars are counting out your time
Leaves of seasons, life on earth
Deep in the dreaming of the land.”

Oh you spirits of the motorway
I sing to you as I make my road
From story to story of the ancient track
Rutted by your wooden barrow wheels
For I see you have not left us here to die alone
Your blessing fountains from the dim unseen
Deep in the dreaming of the land.

Oh you spirits of the motorway
You are a memory of sunshine still
On the flick'ring wings of the roadside hawk
The quiet pool where no-one goes
The gulls, crows & lapwings in the field
& I for one can thank you for your gifts
Deep in the dreaming of the land.

Oh you spirits of the motorway
I honour & acknowledge your presence here
For my part I can sing the songs of life
Though walls of doubt are thrown up all around
So keep us tired travellers safe from harm
& bless us with your wisdom & your strength
Deep in the dreaming of the land.

Barry Patterson Jan '08

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