RDP Saturday: Tracery

Walthem Abbey, England

Waltham Abbey 15.07 (1)

Tracery, the bits and pieces
Outlines, decorating windows
Presenting a majestic appearance
Tracking traces of wonder to the eye
Making more than just a window
Leaving an impression never to be forgotten
What did the builder intend?
Did he decide to chisel memories to last forever
Coughing away the brick dust
Coming home after the daily work was done
Brushing the dust from his apron
His wife washing the floor covered with white powder
Just a job like any other
To feed the family
He was not the architect designing with paper and ink
Brick dust under the fingernails
Rough skin on his hands
Leaving a mark to last forever
A building that will still be honoured centuries later
But he was just a worker

RDP Saturday: Tracery

8 thoughts on “RDP Saturday: Tracery

  1. One of the things I love most is that all these guys were just workers. We go all “Oooh! Ahhh! Genius!!!” and all these guys were just workers. At the Grossmunster in the Kreuzgang where the arches meet the pillars are carvings of the workers. One is of a stone carver who looks surprised as if someone is taking his picture with a flash. I love that part of that church.

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  2. Such incredible craftsmanship, I hadn’t heard of that term, lovely tribute. I watched a tv programme about stonework renovation, recently. It was fantastic to see where some of these workers carved their own initials, in an inconspicuous place, on work they’d crafted..it’s still there, long after the craftsman has gone.

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