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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Henge

The archaeological landscape of Brú na Bóinne, a Unesco World Heritage Site 30 miles north of Dublin, Ireland, was thought to have been thoroughly researched and excavated. During an unprecedented 40-day drought last week, however, photographer Anthony Murphy discovered the remains of a 5,000-year-old monument when he deployed a camera-drone above the field.


Where did all those stone
leviathans go?  Did they just
get up and walk away?
In ancient pre-Christian
Goddess cultures, stones
were known to move
of their own volition. 
But maybe people relocated Brú na Bóinne--
and if so, how, and where,
and why??  Do these souls
made of stone still exist
somewhere, or were they used
and broken and reshaped?
Are they lonely for their old home? 
Do those shadows count as ghosts?
And do we have any idea, really,
how old and full of mystery
is this planet, this being
we call Earth?
-- and how small
we really are, specks
in a vast ocean of time,
our politics, our scandals,
our treasonous hearts?

- Deborah A. Miranda

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