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Ten years ago I visited the scene of a village in Buckinghamshire, abandoned by its inhabitants in the Black Death of the 14th century.

Plague Village

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse31 Mar 2015

A low winter sun
Kisses grassy mounds
And casts their feet
Into pools of purple shadow.

Alone now the church
Built by these gone people
Bears witness, surrounded
By empty fields.

A tree stands
Branches lopped
Head bowed
Crucified.