Some places have the right ‘feel’ about them. There is something that’s difficult to define, but we know instinctively that it’s a place where we feel comfortable, relaxed, safe and at the same time energised.
What it is that makes a difference is hard to understand. There are some beautiful places that leave us feeling cold, some very ordinary places that feel quite special and we want to return to again and again or at least linger as long as we can.
Obviously the weather makes a difference and so does the time of day – sunrise and sunset, the warm late afternoon ‘golden glow’. But all of these things somehow don’t always matter and when this is the case, when we feel ‘right’ about a place no matter what time of year, day, hour. No matter what the weather is throwing at us – those places get to us, get under our skin and make us linger.
This is one such place. A place that always feels peaceful. I know that many old graveyards do have a certain quality that modern cemetaries with rigid lines lack, but this particular place must certainly be an idyllic place to end your days.
I may have posted this poem before but if I have, then that will simply reinforce the fact that it’s a place that I often revisit.
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.