When we met Ken Wilson, the part-retired tenant farmer of the National Trust, I remembered that Longshaw has been the site of famous sheepdog trials for over a hundred years. Ken reminded us of the sheepdog commands – come bye, stand etc – used to direct dogs. I pounced upon these as just the words I was looking for, and quickly made a short poem. I have never been fond of so-called ‘found’ poems – but the forcefulness of the words, the sound and rhythm, the appropriateness for the place and their relevance to walkers were an irresistible combination. I looked up further commands, played with them for a while, and settled on:
Come byeLook backTake timeWalk onas the text for my stone. - Jo Bell
Rescan Kates drawing and consider two sides for top and underneath. Experiment with larger size - 12 x 12?