In this world silenced by a terrorist disease, skylarks still sing above an early April hissing gale.
In this part of the main island, where Sandness looks lost inside haze, tussock grass yields, yet those birds we call laverick have returned as lairds o’da braes – elevated above da tun an da scattald (human dwellings and open fields where grazing’s shared among crofters…).
They will defy the harshest gust, ignore that brutal tongue from gales to sing to blueness and the sun.
To each passing of cirrus clouds, they do not know the world’s locked down, as they ascend among ravens, oblivious to material us.
They have returned in their hundreds to the daresay of each hillside.
On this Monday lost in April, this sky has turned cacophonous, as hillsides home song of skylarks, that dare to ignore gusts from gales…
Here, here, poetry from fellow poet Andy Murray: available for your bookshelf. His initial post read as follows:
The day has finally arrived: my poetry collection, Heading North, is published today by Nordland Publishing. I’ve seen a preview copy and I’m really pleased with it, and proud of its inclusion into Nordland’s Songs Of The North series. The blurb on the back of the book reads: Andrew James Murray is a writer and poet from Manchester, […]
rune of ice,
written as I,
in prey to time, there,
found in blue boreal forest,
rooted inside depth of winter,
where frost records
prints of our souls in icicles.
As you descend into
trees bear homage to
your static sense of ego –
they may recite those words for
snow, so many eyes
deep in cold air,
born of lone
That woman’s voice in
the forest, with
turn in a snowflake.
February in 2 digits,
that’s when town birds begin to
sparrows engage in
gather at the
gutter to yarn & sip from
last night’s rain…
Echoing gulls round
call to a sky
inside a world of
like his pencil on
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