Silent Sty

Photo by Neil Bailey

Silent of swine
yet what stories could you tell?
How many lives have you seen born
and grown within your walls?
How many families have you sustained?
Solid of stone,
walls and trough.
A roof of slates
to keep out the Lakeland rain.
Better built than any house today
built to last
to provide shelter
and ultimately
sustenance to the caretakers of old.

Maybe if I sit quietly enough
amidst your walls
I can here the snuffles and snouts
in the silent sty.

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