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Obelisk poem

John Bissett is a local celebrity who lives in Sawston. His book of poems ‘Some Poems – Cambridgeshire Countryside, local attractions and reflective meditations of life in general' includes this poem about the Obelisk on Newton Road.
 

The Obelisk at Little Shelford

 

The obelisk stands all alone;

Its date I cannot read,

For weathering has worn the stone

Which bears the ancient screed.

 

For well over two hundred years

Withstanding in every gale

In memory of the name it bears;

A magistrate called Wale.

 

A friend and he did both elect,

Which ever first should die,

The survivor would then erect

This pointer to the sky.

 

When of this shrine the locals talk

Wale is remembered still

As one who used his dog to walk

Upon their local hill.

 

And if he came again today

He’d still enjoy the view,

More houses and a motorway

He’d recognise as new.

 

He’d hear the sound of whizzing cars,

Loud lorries speeding by,

And though impressed, might think it mars

The peace of land and sky.

 

He’d see new homes in the estate

Which used to be his home,

And wonder then about the fate

Of the old house he’d known.

 

He’d wonder at the winter corn

As green as vernal grass;

He’d want some farmer to inform

How this had come to pass.

 

He’d see within the nearby wood

The rubbish that’s been thrown,

And seeing would not think it good

The wood’s so overgrown.

 

His obelisk stands in the sun

Whenever it does shine,

He’d like to see the people come

Still visiting his shrine.

 

The book of poems  ‘Some Poems – Cambridgeshire Countryside, local attractions and reflective meditations of life in general’ costs £6 and is available from Maurice Palmer at ms.palmer@btinternet.com

 

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