County Roscommon, Tuesday 26th July 2022…
The ‘oldest’ tomb at Carrowmore has recently been
controversially dated to the Late Mesolithic,
using the latest new-fangled dating method,
but the folk of that time are not supposed to have been
building tombs and burying the remains of their kinsfolk.
That privilege is reserved for the ‘agriculturalists’!
Modern agriculturalists show little respect
for any of the monuments, be they Mesolithic, Neolithic
or indeed Bronze or Iron age…
With many of the sites, even some of the
managed sites, resembling ‘Megalithic Zoos’…
Although now ‘out of bounds’,
as late as the nineteenth century, allegedly,
Nellie and child once called this dolmen their home.
Now, it just looks like an elephant,
or something even larger stamped on it…
From an original painting, ‘Earth-walking’ by Sue Vincent.
The first key is bigger than me
and inside is a box
identical but smaller
in order to fit
with another key…
Key number two is as big as you
whose mote is my beam
now clearly seen as I click the lock
and find inside another box
identical but smaller…
Key number three but
what will we see as we flick the lock
and peer inside the box?
blood-red and still beating…
The ground starts to shake with footfalls
much bigger than me
and a large eye appears
at the window.
‘Fee… Fie… Foh… Fum…’
says the Giant.
Giants Dance – Stuart France & Sue Vincent