Judged by appearance
Too many stereotypes
Inciting blind prejudice
The photo for this week’s prompt was taken in Chalfont St Giles, on the village green, outside Merlin’s Cave… which is not a historic site, but simply a pub. The photo had a little help from editing software to make it more prompt-worthy, as it was taken on a sunny day, but it was the sign that caught my attention. The village does a nice line in signs.
We were in Chalfont St Giles because of the church and it was definitely one of our most self-conscious ‘raids’. Having unsuccessfully attempted to get in on a number of occasions, we had arrived to finally find the church open… and just a few minutes before a wedding was about to begin. About to beat a retreat, the bride’s brother invited us in… and the vicar interrupted rehearsing the groom to point out some of the things we should look at.
Blown away by the subjects depicted in the medieval wall paintings, we were sent to look at the corbels in the chancel, including the ‘hart in hand’ that illustrates the legend of St Giles. It is an incredible little church, and one where we found the ‘signs’ that led us to some startling ideas… We did go back for another look, without the wedding, but it was that first visit that put the place in the gazetteer of one of our books…
Where Milton wrote of Paradise, Salome dances still,
and holds the platter while the Jester moves in for the kill.
The walls tell many stories, some forgotten, some unknown,
the paint depicts the legends, but the tenderness is stone.
Look up, above the altar, and in Saint Giles loving hold,
a story of compassion for a fellow heart is told.
The King sent out his hunters, but the arrow’s flight is blind,
the wound was in the saintly hand protective of the hind.
From The Initiate
Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week and apologies for the couple of quiet days on reblogs while I was away.
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