War Flowers, penned shortly before #armistice100 and recorded at my favourite beach, before reading the entirely string of verse dedicated to #armistice2000 #LestWeForget #onnevousoubliepas
With gracious thanks to Lisa and Dereck for that moment.
And with gracious thanks to Gail and Keirynn for your renewed homing my work and image.
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There’s a tremor in the island.
A she-jarl emerged off a long line of masculine “tradition” of guizer jarls… She made headlines in newspapers, and I hear even in London.
She made us dream last Friday night.
Here, to celebrate such event, a humble triptych of poetry.
For Lesley S., first ever woman jarl in Shetland history.
Music inside sand,
Undo twilight to let us sing,
Hold torches high for a galley & a woman,
Aud, unafraid of world’s fire.
By the Atlantic we gathered,
blue-eyed dragon looked to Venus
inside a night fit for
a realm, where
as one with
the edge of
shells and sand, to
celebrate Aud The Minded
who captained her boat
till its end –
brandished her axe
before our world,
a Jarl & her
arms of the
dragon, by Skeo Clett,
wild Atlantic, where stars gather
above our heads, home of
the human fire snake
that comes to die
in boat’s belly –
by your side,
through day and
night around da Ness,
fire unites kindred
spirits, fills cups
till final reel.
stood among its flames,
led your own crowd
to edge of waves,
and sang the
in the arms of the dragon.
SMUHA is Shetland’s South Mainland Fire Festival, held annually South of Lerwick.
A “jarl” is a viking chief.
“Skeo Clett” is the name of the rocky feature on the northern side of St Ninian’s tombolo (sandbar that links the Isle of Saint Ninian to the mainland).
A “galley” is a viking longship.
“da Ness” is the way folk call the Parish of Dunrossness (the southern part of Shetland’s main island, itself known as “South Mainland”)
© Nat Hall 2015
Programme image courtesy of smuha.org where more information can be found 🙂
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