Bardic Study – The Iron Stone… Stuart France


Another early song from Robin Williamson.

Not too much to interpret, perhaps, in this weeks offering.

Just a straight forward description of the finding of a stone, which we are bound to assume is the account of a true story.

And maybe, the answer to a mystery…


A long wind

A weaving mind
Over all the land the wild flowers grow,
Echoing kind to kind.

On that day when I found the iron stone
Heavy in my hand in the sloping rain.


Except, as descriptions of a day go that is, perhaps, far, far and away so far from normal as it is possible to be…

‘Long’ in time? Resulting in the ‘Weaving’ of mind?

The story teller could be fishing.

A ‘long wind’ where wind rhymes with mind would lead to a ‘slow reveal’…

It is extremely difficult not to be persuaded of some form of leave taking or transport here.

Who regards plant growth as an echo?

In a later version of this song ‘sloping rain’ becomes ‘floating rain’ which adds immeasurably to the other worldliness of the occasion.


Ever the seas rolled on

And o’er my heart
They roofed their slates of grey,

The iron stone I found it on that day.


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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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1 Response to Bardic Study – The Iron Stone… Stuart France

  1. Sheesh, that takes me back: Wee Tam and The Big Huge, I think. I-ron pronunciation, too.
    Thanks for those memories.

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