Thursday 24 June 1999
The earlier engravings show
Small groups of men in tricorn hats
Defoe remarked they'd turned up bones
Within the shadows of the stones
Conventional opinion held
That many of the bluestones came
From Wales, lugged somehow overland
Since local stone is not the same
This theory now on shaky ground
Like dogs, the experts rag it
While all the props remain onstage
The tide-marks of the glacier age
And silly men and women come
Each year in costume, different groups
A few to bark through megaphones
While others call in high-pitched whoops
Short of a pound by several pence
The celebrants become intense
'Til in the name of common sense
Some men arrive to build a fence
Still more will tear it down of course
As Newton's laws come into force
Strange how proprietorial
Their arguments all seem to be
One group to bawl: "We are not free."
The next to plead: "Our history."
A further group to referee
While others film it for TV
A sorry ritual every year
The Wiltshire police in riot gear
As deasil and widdershins*
Again the circle dance begins
The stones remain impassive there
And why should Sol, the sun-god care?
We cannot know the reason why
The ancients raised the sarsens high
But one has just occurred to me:
An idiot magnet possibly.
*clockwise and anti-clockwise
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