The Clock Above

By Dean Parkin

Tarina from Fressingfield responded to Dean Parkin’s ‘A Picture of Where You Live’ exercise by writing about a memory of a particular autumn afternoon, not long after she had arrived in her village. Thanks for sending this to us, Tarina – we love how you describe this very special moment of bonding between you and the place where you live.

The Clock Above

Shortly after moving to Fressingfield, I was walking

through the churchyard of St. Peter & St. Paul. I stopped

by the imposing flint clad tower to take in the view.


The large green sloping space dotted with headstones,

the red brick and brown wooden timbers

of the Elizabethan Guildhall and the surrounding cottages.


All at once loud musical notes rang out over my head.

Delighted, I looked up to see a metal clock above me

on the tower wall, which proceeded to strike the hour.


That church tower is a landmark for my community

and my home. I feel a sense of belonging if I’m walking

or out in my garden and hear the chimes of the clock.


Tarina, edited by Dean Parkin

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