Naming of the Hills
The first of the landscape spoke
and named the hills, the fairy mounds,
the hollows of the heroes.
Bruach Mhor, Cwm LLewelyn
Then taller people came,
and painted on new beasts and visions,
sacred titles in the outlines of the rocks.
Place of Angels, Beacon Hill
So you and I are free to name
just as we will, summon our own spirits.
They’ll smile or mock above us
under any name we give.
And we have more right than any,
living here, near or by their side.
I name it for you – that ground, up high.
That pinnacle – claim it for me, from many.
Copyright © Seth Crook, 2013
Seth Crook taught philosophy at various universities before deciding to move to the Hebrides. He does not like cod philosophy in poetry, but likes cod, philosophy and poetry. His poems have recently appeared in various print and on-line magazines.