And still they stand

And still they stand upon the hill

upward gazing wondering still

or worse than that they mock His pain

who stand and share

our landscape.

 

We, too, wretched stand and wonder,

when the mocking voices thunder,

when our eyes though filled with tears

still stand and share

our landscape.

 

So Easter’s long and ancient days

assault the world in wounded ways

and fills them with relentless fears

who stand and share

our landscape.

 

Then resurrection brings its light

exposing endless days of night

as marauding thieves who run away

and do not stand and share

our landscape.

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About Keith Wallis

Keith Wallis Keith Wallis is an English poet. He is a senior part of the leadership team of Houghton Regis Baptist church. An engineering designer by trade he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. He is currently ‘poet in residence’ at Ruby e-zine and a moderator at ChristianWriters.com. His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: http://wordsculptures-keith.blogspot.com where you’ll also find links to his books and his other blogs. Married to Val in 1970 he has two sons and three grandsons. The eldest grandson is disabled and cannot communicate verbally. Val is a literacy teacher and occasionally despairs of her husbands rebellious use of punctuation. Though not an ‘academic’ (school was a disaster) he was always fond of writing. He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s after being encouraged by David R Morgan at that time the local community writer in residence. A number of small press magazines and anthologies took the work (poetry and graphics). Four small booklets were published over the following few years, three published by Stride Publications and one by Sol Publications. Joining ChristianWriters.com in 2005 (and subsequently becoming a moderator) re-energised his writing. Recently work has published by: RootsWorship, EveryDayPoets, PoetryMonthly International, Word Catalyst Magazine, The Cypress Times, Christian Poet's Pen, Perpetual Magazine, Bewildering Stories, FaithFilledFamily magazine and Ruby magazine. Recent books : 'in moments like these': http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2004342 'a River of Small Stones': http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1943350 'by still waters' : http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1488528 'a River of Small Stones ii': http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2419455 *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

2 thoughts on “And still they stand

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    “And still they stand” , is as relevant and insightful as ever in our everyday contemporary predicament. The refrain , ” who stand and share our landscape” is about us,right here and now in our besieged,battered and belittled Christian homeland. On a minor point,the last ,”not stand and share”..should it be ” and do not stand and share ” or “not to stand and share”..?

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