Crows and buzzards
whirl above the ancient stones
in angry circles,
their dissonant disputes
of pockmarked, eyeless walls
as bitter centuries of war
fought by the marcher lords before them.
A Marcher Lord is the English equivalent of a margrave in the Holy Roman empire. In this context the word march means a border region or frontier, and is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *mereg-, "edge" or "boundary". This particular border lies between England and Wales and its exact lines have been fought over for centuries.
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