A west wind blows firm today
Mile long rolling waves break on sea-stacks
To collapse under sand-dunes.
Surf blows up through rocky cliffs
Cut to the shape of an eye
Catching the light like champagne tears

There are gannet, there are fulmer
There are tern and shag
There is the most raggedy sheep you ever did see
Facing into the wind that blows on and on
Long strings of wool and black plastic whipped
Horizontal from barbed wire fences

We hunker down behind a lighthouse wall
For a few moments respite
When we stand again a squall is upon us
Black clouds circle in on all sides
Waves crash ever louder below
Boots sink deep into sodden machar
And more rain comes down
The air is drowned in water
The whole world is water
We are standing up straight on dry land
Our heads fathoms-deep under the waves


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s