Cronk Sumark


Here in past days a hilltop fortress stood

When life was insecure, and lawless greed

Stalked through this Island as it did elsewhere :

When man supected man, nor understood

The grim necessity of paying heed

To what his neighbours thought; his only care

Self-preservation and a livelihood.

Man that was savage, that was brute indeed,

Whose home was an animal’s rude lair.

Who nothing knew of evil, or of good.

Round in a circle have we come to reach

This eminence which now o’erlooks fat fields :

Likewise has man, for now such weapons wields

As will bring in the end.  Let these stones teach !


Weekly Times     8.6.62