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This is the one in Kent, with the Cathedal, not the one in New Zealand.

Canterbury

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse05 Apr 2015

Flint walls failed
to keep at bay
the flood of
post-war building:

Ugly black blocks
fifty years very old
poke out between
Chaucerian remnants.

But the perimeter
enforces charges levied
on secular pilgrims,
fleeced from a hundred lands;

wishing to see more
than sun-tipped spires,
they troop past oak doors
stained glass and pulpits,

past the tomb of a prince
and memorial tablets
to soldiers and
clergy long forgotten,

up stone steps and down
to the very spot
where a man was murdered
for saying no to a king.

Tides ebb and flow
Through this place
Beyond the control
Of god or man.