Mary of the Wild Moor

Mary of the Wild Moor

Saw what she had been before

A dancer over mist of dusk

Spinning    swirling through the dust

Dust of all that must decay

To the shore of Carmarthen Bay

She waved to father and to mother

In search of fields of One Another

She skimmed the waves of Day and Night

In search of fields of Dark and Light

Till she reached Carmarthen Bay

Beyond the dust that must decay

Past the moon of Castle Rock

Past the shore of Land of Loch

She met a beastly Lad of Sea

With whom she bore a Wild of Three

One for Moon    one for Sun    one for Star

Who grew above the Land of Tar

But Mary of the Moor was sad

For she lost her beastly Lad

To the Lord    the Lord of Night

Who swallowed all that saw the Light

Mary waved to Wild of Three

Each became a branch of tree

Planted in a lonely bower

Merging to a Whitened Tower

Mary of the Wild Moor

Returned to what had been before

On the wind of swirling gulls

To the Valley of the Fells

You might see her in Mist of Fawn

In the grey of Shadow Dawn

Sighing past the Wind of Four

Mary of the Wild Moor


  • Bernard Block was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and attended Cornell University and Brooklyn College. He hitch-hiked to California in 1965 and lived in the Haight-Ashbury through 1967 where he gave poetry readings at the I and Thou Coffee Shop, North Beach coffee houses and Golden Gate Park. He returned to NYC and studied with the poet Colette Inez in the mid '70's. He earned his living as a caseworker with the Bureau of Child Welfare in New York City (he is now retired). Bernard has read at all the major spoken-word venues in NYC. He has presented his poetry in venues in Philadelphia, Columbia, SC and Asheville, NC. In August, 2014 he was invited to feature in Laugharne, South Wales in celebration of the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Bernard curates and hosts the Series “From Whitman to Ginsberg” at Cornelia St. Café. There have been 21 editions of this Series; the most recent was presented on September 28, 2018. All 21 editions were videotaped and can be accessed on his YouTube Channel. He has had 38 poems published in the prestigious European on-line literary journal Levure Littéraire #8, #9 and #12 (Editors: Rodica Draghincescu; Erika Dagnino). Five of Bernard's poems appear in the French/English literary journal Recours au Poème (Editor: Marilyne Bertoncini) with French translation by Elizabeth Brunazzi. In an article in this journal regarding the NYC poetry scene, Ms. Brunazzi devotes a significant discussion to Bernard's poetry and his organizing role on that scene. Bernard Block’s book of poetry "Am I My Brother’s Keeper?" has been released by Dark Light Publishing. This is a bilingual edition, English/Spanish, with evocative translations by the eminent Mexican poet, Roberto Mendoza Ayala. It is available on Amazon and from the author: [email protected]