Just past the majestic Body of the Abbey with 900 years of history
whispering to the soul
lies the Old Station tranquil, remote, yet quite within reach, awaiting our visit,
our ultimate goal.
Where else can you park for hours on end for 70 p, meander and dream
enjoy an ice cream
take the dog for a walk, on the field with the sheep, and the valley beneath
and the hillside across
let the children run wild on the swings and the slide with the calm and the peace
and the utter release
from the stress and the woes
here everything goes.
A trip on the train for a pound go for miles
the chatter the smiles
the feeling of space yet away from the race
of everyday life
hand in hand with your wife.
We love this oasis of beauty and wonder, the treats there on offer
the never commercial warm invitation
to come round and see
and simply to be!
And on the way home, refreshed and recharged
the Abbey looms tall with the memories clear of an age dead and gone
and yet so alive as we treasure the contrast with where we have been
at the Station in Tintern where life carries on
and the valley is green.