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In a world full of noise,

Time out.


Rotation, collision.

Sample the joy of





a trickle,

breath from the breeze,

hanging raindrop off

growing leaves;




roar after dawn;




cry from

wild dogs, hyena, cheetah,

hunter’s own –




sound from the land,

high pitch crossing legs from

hoppers clung to

the meaning of



try harder.



sound wave, echo from your

device to



smiley gone

after nine,

as am explained the rule of

Pi in


lesson doused by

north sun;


gas & dust glide and



birth to new stars in

cradles, in the


natural motion,

cosmic and bright in a

© Nat Hall 2017

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Excellent news from Nordland Publishing! A few days ago, I received a message from a blog reader regretting not to be able to order Compass Head directly from her own island-continent, Australia. I relayed the message to my publishers in Norway, who, not only were concerned, but have now made for amends. And they did more.

Now, this geopoetics in action and in full motion. That peerie yoal has already travelled far and wide. Let it reach YOU.

“Row, row your boat” as the tune says…

compass-head-book-cover From now on, dear reader, you can now reach out to Compass Head DIRECTLY from practically WORLDWIDE, including Australia, China, India, Brazil, as well as other amazing places on Earth! So jump on the boat and, fair wind, sailors, and join in all those who have already enjoyed the ADVENTUROUS journey from The Songs from the North 🙂 Just CLICK ON the LINKs!


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in my own words…

 I write because I have things to say. When I don’t, I listen to the world – the wind, the ocean, birds and auroras – and I look up to the stars. The onpaper-and-wordse who stops looking at them forgets. The one who keeps looking at the stars will find his/her footprints in he snow. I live on an extraordinary island that feeds my spirit and imagination. Come and discover my journey, as I have lived my life with a compass in my head.


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dark land

rage au cœur

Au festin qui se prépare sans moi,
je dis, ma fois,
que tous les fruits gardent
leur goût, même
éparpillés par
la mer,
vu d’ici,
mon bout de terre,
dans ce ciel teinté d’or et miel,
mon étoile scintille,

et si mes yeux défient
le vent,
au soleil grenadine,
mon cœur s’esquisse à
la sanguine,
l’écho de ta voix
qui me murmure “chante avec
moi – croque la musique à
pleines dents”

Au crépuscule tout devient bleu;

l’horizon se perd à vue d’œil,
mes pieds imprimés
dans le sable,
mes larmes

en attendant
une nouvelle aube,
je te croque entre les étoiles –
quand Lyra
je lui sourie sans
dire mot.

La symphonie peut commencer.


Raging Heart

They’re feasting without me.

To this omen I will
now say that
fruits still
even if
scattered by
the sea…
viewed from here,
sweet tongue of land,
in this sky tainted
my star
guardian angel;

and if my eyes defy
the wind,
yield to this
my heart
can be sketched with

listens to echo from
your voice that once whispered
“come sing with me, crunch
through music like an

with twilight everything turns blue;

the horizon forgets itself,
my feet imprinted
inside sand,
my tears
tattooed inside

and as I wait for
a new dawn,
I etch you
high in
stars –
Lyra comes
to table,
I just

Her symphony can start again.

© Nat Hall 2014


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nordicblackbird’s roost – website / the roost

All in one nest!
Thank you for visiting and, if you like it,
just bookmark it! 🙂

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Hairst, automne, autumn 2012

 August feels a poltergeist… 

My days well spent on a headland at the following coordinates, weeks melt like ice before fire. In less than seven days’ time, I shall taste again a degree of total freedom for a fortnight, away from bells and corridors…

Meantime, the very first month in –er also proved filled with whirlwinds & adventures of many kinds, shapes and colours. 

September, as so well sung by Roland Orzabal from Tears For Fears, “month of miracles and tears”, tainted itself with wanderings through both  dark & fantastic moments, as well as across the majestic twist into the bleakness of the isles.

Earlier on today, Paula giggled about the very fact I cannot get away from Mareel. TRUE. Since I first stepped inside this wonderful creative space,  I must confess I do enjoy it to the full!

My very first opportunity dates back to the final weekend of Wordplay/Screenplay – respectively our local Book & Film Festival. I came to see and listen to two wonderful poets, Robin Robertson & John Burnside, as well as taking part in Rodge Glass’s novel writing workshop. Such rendez-vous in such a place can only generate inspirition. Furthermore, time to reconvene with familiar faces and smiles. Mareel’s Café was packed with friends & kindred spirits. Magic time.

As a cinema venue, Mareel was first tested with Pixar’s latest blockbuster in 3D, Brave. Radical change to The Garrison. We now have a 21st Century set of auditoriums! Sleek.

 As a music venue, I was first privileged to enjoy a string of first class acts, as part of my school’s Gala Concert for its 150th Anniversary last weekend. Fantastic night that reminded of my old school’s end of year show cases. For a second, I found my heart time warped back to the BRIT School. Same atmosphere. Emotional.

As a creative space, I feel inspired by such monument. Mareel, in the Shetland dialect, means the phosphorescence of the sea. It truly shines by the Bressay Sound. Last week alone, on 4 October, Roxane Permar, commissioned with Nayan Kulkarni by Shetland Arts, led us around the building for its first illumination, as the culmination to their project entitled Mirrie Dancers. Friend & fellow artist-researcher-UHI Head of Tourism for Caithness Rachel Skene, intimately & creatively connected to Ruth Macdougall, witnessed the grand event, as part of her flying visit to my latitude. She too marvelled at the grandeur of both event & place.  Unforgettable & magic moment 🙂

But September was also crowned by reconnection with a myriad of friends, whose homes feel a sanctuary at will, as well as a wonderful day-trip to Fetlar, the garden of Shetland, as part of our annual outing with my fellow local guides.

 And what a day it proved to be! Robert, the local community officer, waited for us at Hamars Ness  and led us through a an unforgettable day. We marvelled out the island’s hidden gems; Robert’s spirit and the warmth of the local community. I must confess it was a heck of a great end of season do!


On a more creative note, September also gave life to a very geopoetical venture with the University of Quebec in Montreal though a connection with a trio of Canadian academics: Benoit Bordeleau, Anick Bergeron (aka Victoria Welby) and Mym Bergeron, from La Traversée,  Atelier Québéquois de Géopoétique. 

Anick sent me a Titanic glued to an enevelope, as an invitation to contribute to their Dérive de Papier 2 – the Paper Titanic was born. My creative response was actually created at Mareel’s Café, as I sat with a hot chocolate, a blank page on my NetBook blended in a moment of contemplation at Hay’s Dock… le Titanic de papier quickly travelled back to the shores of the Saint Laurent without a hitch. What a fabulous maiden Stravaig across the North Atlantic. Later tweets from all three Canadian kindred spirits confirmed the success of our very first venture. Feels like a pioneering milestone, or rather a beacon.

 Anick later sent me a string of photos of the end-product for Dérive de Papier 2. First fabulous collaboration 🙂

 Our connection on Twitter has now taken a new twist. Geopoeticians from both sides of the North Atlantic unite. I very humbly feel the father of Geopoetics, Kenneth White,  would smile at such development. The duality of the tongue enables such stepping stones. Our next theme at The Scottish Centre for Geopoetics for Stravaig – our online Journal – is entitled Coast to Coast. How apt!

As we now wander through October, we begin to feel our gradual sliding towards Samhain.

Our crossing through the equinox amplified Hairst to a somewhat higher degree. As light

dimmers, the very fabric of my shore now weaves new shades.  One notices a less precocious sunrise as opposed to a lazier sunset. We have to make do with shorter days. Soon, we shall carve neap (swede) into jack-o-lanterns and celebrate the darker times that lingers in between the living & the dead…

In a few days, Australian friends will land on my latitude.

In a few days’ time, we shall celebrate the magic of my northern realm.

Within a few hours, I will explore a corner of my Nordic shore with Paula and Magnie.

Time to end this blog entry.




life 🙂

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high tide

right of passage

Come to Arcania at high tide. Each side of the sand bridge acts like oracle. Oracle to the side of our own wandering. This afternoon, I wished to return to the shore and took this path so familiar. From the top of the brae (hillside) I watched as silvery the horizon glowing in my eyes. My heart filled with salt water, as I realised the mighty ocean would not be granting such right of passage. Tide was at its highest. 

Rollers looked as that hue of jade-blue as the final days of December. Not many souls were in my sight. At least I thought at first. However, as I parked the motor, two other black vehicles flocked by the edge. Dog walkers. They too must have been mesmerised by the cloak of silver over the sand. So little patch of gold at our feet. Still a good hour till till dusk and I tossed my luck in pale blue sky to come as close as I could be from the edge of my world. The walk to this oceanic lace was littered with pebbles, shells, as well as a few signatures of humanity. Baltic air reached fingertips and still I advanced towards the very edge of flooded bridge. I felt the white lips of winter. I watched with awe the mighty power of each wave, roller, crashing and covering it with grace and anger. Already the island had been battered with so many hissing gales… This Nordic sky began to darken once again. 

High tide would deny us.  
Impressive, moving and so powerful in action. I will try again tomorrow.

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