St Giles Oxford

St Giles by John Elinger

St_Giles,_OxfordPause in the centre of St. Giles where two
fine churches stand at either end, and where
across the busy street a noble pair
of Colleges confront the Roman Halls.
Ignore the traffic, contemplate the view
of twin Memorials to martyrdom –
of men who burned for a forgotten cause,
or sacrificed their lives in Europe’s wars;
and listen to the restless leaves, the thrum
of distant gunfire and faint bugle calls.