Gold Tipped by Stephen Kingsnorth

Stephen Kingsnorth | March 15th, 2023 | poetry | No Comments

Poet Bio

The hand me down already tagged
as second hand, therefore unclassed,
yet the museums full of such,
as archaeology digs deep
or genealogists explore
what grew before, family tree.
There’s value in antiquity
despite ceramic as spittoon,
when function overtakes the form,
as treasure drawn from heaps of trash,
more diets, habits in latrines.
A bobbing bottle on high seas,
each fragment holds a message, code –
what will be told of how we love,
time travellers’ over-shoulder gaze
at us, our coinage as mint?
To be the vessel, zeitgeist ship,
the crock of gold, our rubbish dump –
both soil and soul brought down to earth –
what dare they think of why we lived?

Poet Bio

Stephen Kingsnorth (Cambridge M.A., English & Religious Studies), retired to Wales from ministry in the Methodist Church due to Parkinson’s Disease, has had pieces published by on-line poetry sites, printed journals and anthologies, including Poetry Potion.
His blog is at

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