Fate of the Desecrators
And of stone circles
impossible to number
no one, say the country people thereabouts
was ever able to reckon their number
or even to draw pictures of them
some indeed tried but were struck dead upon the spot
or became afflicted with such fearful sores, blackheads and other problems
as soon carried them off.
Finally one John Wood numbered the stones
he had succeeded!
A stupendous cloudburst followed;
the stones were washed away!
who would care to reckon the number?
With cromlechs, much the same
some fools who sought to move them
experienced fierce storms of hail and wind
thunder, mysterious noises
and swarms of bees supposed
by those in the know
to be disguised fairies.
and at cottages, backing into the stones of Avebury
mysterious happenings are reported
though exactly what happened who can say?
something though – mysterious
who would care to reckon that mystery?
a stone was in
a farmer’s way in Shropshire
for years it stayed there
for he knew it was sacred;
at length moved it
and on the third night thereafter
he and his family heard strange noises
cattle bellowed, dogs howled
and a thunderous voice cried, clearly heard by all
some American airmen
moved a stone that marked a witch’s grave
cows stopped producing milk
hens no more laid eggs
a haystack fell over
animals went into the wrong fields
the church bell rang of its own accord!
a cromlech was being dismantled in Parc-Y-Bigwrn field
six horses were drawing the stones away when
suddenly the road was rent asunder
and at Banwan Bryddin an inscribed stone
pillar standing on a tumulous
was moved to form part
of Lady Macworth’s grotto, but
a hill fell on top of the expensive grotto!
and then an old man, long a gardener on the estate,
spoke these words;
Iss indeed, and woe will fall on the Cymro or the saison that will dare to clear the stones away.
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