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    Sacred City (Ode to Milton Keynes)
    #1
    The town is square and grey, an altar cloth
    in open fields. A boulevard divides
    the rising and the setting sun. The hill
    which rooted Joseph's staff may not be here,
    but Nature's sweets and idols are. A witch
    I kissed one Summer's night is bearing bread
    and stones. I watch her through a pub window.
    Her rites are held in tree preserves, where love
    and leaves are one with light, each soul a part
    of Earth's design. I kissed her there, beneath
    a stooping tree. She laughed and lost my name.
    I walked to work the next morning with grief.
    A fleeting lust, a sudden warmth, a tree
    behind us, old and stooped, yet now this grey.
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    #2
    Smile Always great to read you, Jack.

    "She laughed and lost my name." I could just Kiss you for that line Hug
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    #3
    Thanks, WildcardSmile I'm glad you liked that line.
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    #4
    I worked in MK for 22 years and only just thought about this.

    "A boulevard divides the rising and the setting sun."

    East meets west. Smile
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    #5
    Thanks for the comment, snillySmile That line you quoted was a reference to Midsummer BoulevardSmile
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    #6
    (08-13-2013, 11:17 AM)heslopian Wrote:  Thanks for the comment, snillySmile That line you quoted was a reference to Midsummer BoulevardSmile

    I know I got the "Point" Big Grin
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    #7
    Can I ask why Milton Keynes?
    News readers have no knowledge of it's pronunciation.
    Traffic Sally calls it Milen keynes
    I think I know the answer.
    I think I know the pub.
    I do know the people.
    But then theres the rub.

    Stoney Stratford has the best grub. Smile
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    #8
    (08-13-2013, 05:26 PM)snilloc Wrote:  Can I ask why Milton Keynes?

    One of my university textbooks has a chapter about sacred spaces in England. I was studying it recently, and it had a section on Milton Keynes, a modern, functional city partly designed to have a certain "sacred" appeal, with, for instance, its Midsummer Boulevard. That's what "inspired" this poem.
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