Pilgrimage – a sonnet (one of my favourites!)

I am writing a long sequence of sonnets that will see publication in 2023. I thought it might be fun to share some of them in advance.

A sonnet is included below, along with an audio recording of me reading it.

Pilgrimage

We set off before first light
the pre-dawn drive straining the eye.
Numbed by pulsing headlights, my sight
tried to race ahead, to preview the majesty
of the village beneath the hill,
a return to a bygone age
where all we imagined remained there still.

It was a pilgrimage
even if we struggled in the car
and travelling wasted too much of the day.
"That’s just the way things are"
you said. We were about halfway
stopping for lunch at noon
already resigned to our returning far too soon.

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