A painted fable

A painted fable
a fox
a hollow fox
framed with columns
trees     acanthus leaves
faded on dampened walls,
restored to new life
with passion and care -
a renaissance within
this rare stepped and gabled
Renaissance house,
secure in the watch of hamlet and church,
its weathered stones, ochred timber bones
nurtured to a place of culture and learning,
cherished to a home,
the warp and weft of wool
knitting people and stories
across centuries and civilisations.

©   Paul Mein   30/10/16