A Haunting

by Deana Chadwell

A gold and garnet button – a scabbard boss,
Interlocked dragons tangled round a swordless hilt,
A pair of pyramids, intricate in gold and red,
A golden stud inlaid with onyx, garnet and ivory,
A strip of gold engraved with some words from God,
A golden cross folded around cabochons
Yanked from their settings.

Almost two thousand pieces of worship and war
Pulled from the dirt of a Staffordshire field,
All broken, dismantled, twisted and torn
Yet beautiful — works of joy and skill
left in the dirt of a Staffordshire field.

A story was also dumped in that field,
A story of violence, now silent and closed,
A story of horror, blood and lust,
A story of beauty that lived on till today
In spite of the evil that buried it.

Fifteen hundred years ago
Fathers and brothers and husbands died
Screaming and bleeding in noise and in fear.
Now their ghosts, improbable and vague,
Haunt the glory of the gold they once owned.
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Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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One Response to A Haunting

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    An interesting take on the hoard. The Anglo-Saxons were certainly a raucous crowd, but they are the great-great-great grandfathers of our political culture, a wonderful heritage which the Left is trying to destroy.

    They also had great skill in metal work.

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