Haunting #midnighthaiku

There are many burial mounds dotted around the ancient landscape of Avebury, echoing perhaps, in miniature, the great mound of Silbury Hill. Some are round barrows, others sheem to shadow the shape of the ceremonial stone axes that have been found across Europe. Or perhaps too, they echo the shape of the gravid womb.

Many of these mounds sleep within the embrace of trees, the roots slowly bringing death to the mounds as they draw life from the earth. You cannot help but wonder at this deliberate juxtaposition of living and departed, life and death. Today we seek to distance ourselves from death. Our ancestors did not so so and for me, their inclusion of death in life is a celebration of an endless natural cycle.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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23 Responses to Haunting #midnighthaiku

  1. This is good, Sue–I think there’s something unhealthy about distancing oneself from death. My family was like that, and I think I’d be more balanced emotionally if that had not been the case.

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  2. Interesting & Thought provoking


  3. jenanita01 says:

    I think I have passed this site many times, but never realised it was a burial mound…


  4. Denis1950 says:

    A wonderful sense of place and history in the image and the haiku connects the senses to the photo. Beautifully crafted Sue


  5. Firelands says:

    “Gravid womb.” Evocative. I like it. Thanks for starting my day with a lovely, unfamiliar word (I had to look up gravid).


  6. Widdershins says:

    To paraphrase Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore; ‘death is only the next step on our Great Adventure’.
    I love that JK threw ‘Brian’ into the stew. 😀 … there are so many quirks like that in the books, that it took me several re-reads to find, and I’m sure I haven’t ‘seen’ them all yet. 🙂


  7. macjam47 says:

    We have ancient mounds nearby. Serpent Mound is shaped like a huge snake and is located in SW Ohio. It was built by ancient Indians and is a fascinating site for students and adults alike.


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