And the walls cry out

And the walls cry out.

Gnawing wind scours artwork

into hallowed walls,

Edvard Munch mimicked

by time and tided season:

a silent ‘scream’

within hushment

of abbey bulwark.

’even the stones cry out’

Sculpted praise

in mute wonder:

mason’s work

revealing a surprise bequest

crafted by the Master mason.

Abbot, priest, brothers all

have passed, are past,

recalled to dust and ash.

We walk this way

in remembrance,

washed in the prayer of centuries,

the plain chant of wind and rain,

the pilgrimage of faith.

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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 His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: 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 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': 'a River of Small Stones': 'by still waters' : 'a River of Small Stones ii': *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

12 thoughts on “And the walls cry out

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    EDITORIAL NOTE:- This is to acknowledge that ” And the walls cry out ” was 1 of 4 especially chosen poems by 4 especially chosen contributing Poets,to be our very first “Featured Poets and Poems” of the Poets’ Corner@Destinty Church ,the occasion being marked by the Lord Mayor of Wakefield,Councillor Ms.Ros Lund inaugurating this pioneering initiative at 11 am on 11th. January,2012.

  2. ramesh rai

    The title itself reveals the sanctity of beauty of this poem. A wonderful write. loved your penning.


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