Cornerstones

by Charlotte Higgins

Every one of us is a stone
dappled grey and edges age-worn rough
alone, we are solid enough

but together, we could make towers, mark paths,
build a home that is safe from the night
make infinite ripples from pebbles skimmed
on the loch in the gloaming light

we could make prison walls, barbed-wire crowns
or we could be cornerstones
piled up together we’re cairns, immemorial –

we cannot make it alone
but built up together we’re trailmarkers, trailblazers
we’ll lead you –
we’ll keep you –
home.