Stone in Arundel Castle
hums with vibrations of its past –
a proud defender of river and land
it suffered a poisoned well for the Royalists
and onslaughts from Cromwell's force.
St Wilfrid, says Bede,
brought men of Sussex to a Christian faith
by teaching them to fish.
An ancient Priory solid in flint
bears his name. Here masses were sung
would love the church that’s his.
Window arches in ivy and stone
fill up,overflow with light.
A gargoyle glares and spits
rain down from the roof.
Gravestone dates tell sad tales,
sink beneath the roots.