'Ruins' is a long poem, 7 pages long, which tells versions of the story of Vortigern.
In the 6th century, the remnants of a broken army, fleeing for the Welsh hills, find shelter in a ruined villa. To get through the night they tell the story of Vortigern and the Fall of Britain. But they have also found an old man hiding in the ruins, and he is adamant that he was a participant in the story they are telling. His version of events does not agree with theirs.
For someone interested in stories and storytelling there was so much to play with.
Although written to stand alone, 'Ruins' is the overture to a full length story of Vortigern, which will follow on from 'A Presentment of Englishry' (Shearman 2019).
You can hear a reading of an earlier attempt at this here: The poetry voice Podcast