Thirty Hills (song)

by Maher   Jun 23, 2017


Have you heard what they say?
“'Neath the old woman lay
softly sands coloured deeper than sin.
Brittle bones paved the way,
'til their vessel fell, stained”;
'Thirty Hills' did the children all sing.

In the bitterest cold
rests a township of old,
where a solemn breeze slowly creeps in.
When the leaves kiss the mould,
one could hear, so I'm told;
“Thirty Hills” as the whispers begin:

“Here we're battered and bruised,
stricken down and confused;
dirty meals prepared fresh from the bins.
Still we walk when abused,
forcibly to the tune;
Thirty Hills, to your shade do we limp.

Not so far did they drown,
yet we swallowed the sounds;
thirsty chills, tell us where to begin?
Fallen angels and crowns
reigning down from the clouds;
'Thirty Hills' does their lullaby ring”.

Still the waves chase the storm,
beating sands strewn in scorn;
lusty thrills sway the spirits within.
“Scanty-clad is the norm!”
claim the widows of war;
Thirty Hills, won't you let them all in?

In the playground she screamed,
only barely sixteen;
desperate shrills bore her devils in grin.
On the dirt did she plead,
as they gathered in greed;
“Thirty Hills, won't you let us all in!”

Through our streets do they chase;
make a name for a face;
cash in tills: bread and butter and Jin.
Thirst they all for a taste
of a world free from chaste;
Thirty Hills, quench their wanting within.

In the fires they burn;
crackles tear through the earth;
crooked wills serving gas to the flint.
Face to face, then they turn;
scatter swiftly like birds;
Thirty Hills, face their beaks to the wind.

So I walk through the streams,
valleys riddled with things;
lofty pills and the nightmares they string.
Then does Sun call to Spring:
“withhold all that you bring!”
Thirty Hills, how your Summers die, grim.

At the base of the First,
Third and Fourth sense the thirst;
broken quills draw us pathways with ink.
Shall I climb through the worst?
Mighty summits traversed.
Thirty Hills, does your view draw me in.

Thirty Hills, their fare sorrows are dim;
Thirty Hills, purge our demons and kin;
Thirty Hills, lay us down to your whim.

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  • 3 months ago

    by Hope

    Loved reading this!

    • 3 months ago

      by Maher

      Thanks :)

  • 3 months ago

    by deeplydesturbed

    AWW SC - You posted it! Its changed a little, but still.. Im so glad!
    I am glad its been nominated! Its worthy of it!!

    I still loved reading it - even thought i did get a sneak peak.

    Well done! and PS. I told you so (you know to what!).... :P

    • 3 months ago

      by Maher

      Lol ty USB. Yes, you did tell me so indeed :p

  • 3 months ago

    by Milly Hayward

    Loved this. An amazing piece with great rhythm and rhymes. Superb imagery. Definitely worthy of nomination

    • 3 months ago

      by Maher

      Thanks Milly, glad you enjoyed it :)

  • 3 months ago

    by Brenda

    Maher, this is amazing! This story was unfolding and part of me was saying look away but I couldn't. Totally engrossing write. Love this!

    • 3 months ago

      by Maher

      Thanks Brenda, glad you enjoyed it :)

  • 3 months ago

    by Em

    Maher, I'm not sure if you've changed/added anything to this and I'm too lazy to look but it seems alot more well let's say thrilling and chilling than what i remember but still beautifully done and not certainly welcome rhymed. I still stand by comment I sent you and no matter how many times I read this I still can't seem to figure out the underlining story or whatever but it's told really and gave me goosebumps and moved me (no I don't mean off my arse lol) and none many people can move me because I'm made of tough stuff haha.
    I have a huge smile on my face that you decided to post it and though I know you're not much for the nominations etc I truly wish this is as it deserves a front page viewing so I'm gutted I can't nominate and once again thanks for trusting me to be honest when you sent it to me.

    Fantastical as always.
    Em x

    • 3 months ago

      by Maher

      Thanks Em. I did change it a little and added some verses. I'm sure there's other meanings that can be pulled from it :). A smile trumps a nomination any day! And I have you and Naomi to thank for convincing me to post it, so thank you both :) and don't be gutted, I waited till I saw all the familiar people had already used up their nominations before I posted this :p

    • 3 months ago

      by Em

      You little sneak!!! Lol

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