power of place

Let’s look at it at sand level.

Our every move begins on shore.

When Shetland Arts’ Karen Emslie began to share ideas about a community project celebrating Shetland’s Architecture & Place,  a few ideas ignited my creative heart. 

Past, present, future,
Passionate about rocks and stones,

Power of Place was born

To my humble understanding, man builds, demolishes and rebuilds through love and anger. However, man’s twist of fate or choice of shore determines his will to erect edifices. And when I look at the island, I touch and feel its every stone.

I owe my life to a sextant.

Today we walk that bridge of sand –
we wade in haste tangled in lace in such earthly
rubberband grace,
we long to reach that green

I look for stars drowned in ocean.

World traveller
W by NW,
let’s taste each mile,
nautical dream, where we slip away from pale sun;

you write your name on a storm beach
with a pebble from my homeland –
from tide to tide,
where shadows stand
rollers won’t breach,

what does salt mean away
from lips?

I owe our love to a

Nat, northern garden,
30 December 07


Tonight, my world belongs to dusk. 

…Tomorrow, I shall add my stone to this great community’s adventure by sharing a few lines of poetry at lunchtime in Room 12 during our annual local book festival. And then, leg it to one of Shetland’s most exciting buildings erected at Hay’s Dock to celebrate the place through another collaborative project entitled Four Seasons in Shetland.

Four Seasons in Shetland exhibition 2010

My love for the Auld Rock grew out of its mystic powers sheer ruggedness, raw, dynamic power of place 🙂



Filed under 60N, celebration, earth, geopoetics, home, island, lerwick, poetry, PoP, project, shetland, shore, spirit, wordplay

2 responses to “power of place

  1. every'time' I read and see Youa remembrance of {this}place, floods my heart

  2. This place has magic powers, Doreen! But I bet you too have your inspirational hideouts 🙂

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