Wow, the past 48 hours have been felt like a rollercoaster on this North Atlantic outpost!
Poet’s log –
Thursday 25 February 2010
All Shetland schools shut since Tuesday. Pupils & staff awaiting their fate for the day… Eyes riveted to my window: no pink sunrise – the whole of the sky, titanium grey, filled with snow.
Hey, here’s a boannie Shetlan wird, a hellery – or nightmarish weather, traditionally, horizontal rain… Not today though. Thursday would see horizontal snow from about 07:20 till late at night.
Utter “whiteout”! (It got so bad the Northern Constabulary ordered folk not to travel…)
Thursday’s hellery, in a few shots:
With snow levels rising thoughout the day, I felt our growing willow trees and composter would not give in to the arctic wind – well anchored in this sea of ice.
My NB based fellow maritimer & poet Donna Allard later confessed that we had more snow in Shetland than she had in Richibucto. …Unreal!
I called that day “white Thursday”.
whipped by the wind,
wiped out landmarks, traps in terrain…
whimsical world we watch
now we are free.
Heavenly world, Friday 26 February 2010
The light is back, the wind, asleep. Am listening to one of my alltime favourite albums, Aerial
‘s Sky of Honey
, by Kate Bush. Light peeps through the double curtains. It’s a good sign – sign that our world sparkles again thanks to a shameless nordic sun. With a long weekend under way, I am in need of a wild walk after lunchtime. The air may sting my eyes and skin but I don’t care! …Remember that Finnish proverb about bad clothing. Yet first of all, I must not forget our avian friends, dashing blackbird, wren and starlings. I have leftovers from last night – chick peas Provencal style… Their resilience to stay alive in such harsh conditions must not be taken for granted. I also soak old bread. They ken too well our friendship bond…
Here’s to Friday bathing in sun 🙂
…What a lovely afternoon, as Kate would sing so graciously.
My winter cold triggers dry cough and walking around the southern edge of our village helps clearing out my throat :).
Clean and fresh air fill lungs and heart whilst sun warms my face. Magic moment.
…What better way to feel at one with our whole world?
As am walking back to the hearth, I hear Skydiver in my head… Its original poem, as published in Canada’s poetry magazine Poemata last year.
With renewed thanks to Mr Morgan
for his phantoms.
“We have increasingly become phantoms.
… To Jupiter to Hell and any place…”
I look at you from out of space,
I see great rifts, long mountain chains,
cyclonic eyes steamed up with rain,
white against blue.
I need to delve in that membrane
that protects you –
I might burn through your stratosphere,
my heart feels like a meteor.
Gravity retracts all my fears.
I look a spider in your sky –
I’m still looking for your garden,
stretch of heather you call Eden,
let me open my parachute.
It’s like a dream,
strangest of game –
I braved your shield to hear your song,
I dared to dive,
I still have stardust on my suit.
© G2G 2008