Boethius is known principally for The Consolation of Philosophy which is full of quotable quotes and philosophical ideas that make a lot of sense today – centuries after he wrote them in the early sixth century.
We can find consolation in philosophical writings that’s for sure and what never fails to amaze me is how relevant writings of medieval times are to the present day. Not only that, it also makes me realise how, despite the centuries having rolled by, we humans haven’t changed much. There are still wars being fought, we still have corruption in governments and the planet is suffering because of our misuse and neglect.
Some places remind us of the past and those who lived here centuries ago.
Pushing up Daisies
Here above the sea,
ruins stand part cloaked in ivy
exposed stones warmed by evening sun.
Here we wander, see
no neatly mown paths, nor sterile
gravelled graves, no vases with flowers.
Here in summer, swallows
scythe blue skies above
carpets of unruly, scattered daisies.
Here blackbird scolds us
for invading his territory of
stones clothed with moss and lichen.
Here at Kirkmaiden,
there is peace for those who lie there,
pushing up centuries of daisies.