Tide

Tide
On that sinuous passage from infancy 
and youth’s buoyancy through middle 
life to advanced years, the one certainty 
is a gathering of momentum consistent
with time’s flow – something scarcely 
uppermost in my mind as the trout 
I’m playing draws me downstream 
till rocked by the tidal undertow I fight 
to retain my balance: hard to know 
where the river ends and the sea begins. 
Stewart Conn

from The Touch of Time (Bloodaxe, 2014)

Reproduced by permission of Bloodaxe Books.
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Stewart Conn

Stewart Conn was the inaugural Edinburgh City Makar from 2002 to 2005. He is a poet and playwright, with more than a dozen collections of poetry; The Touch of Time: new & selected poems was published in 2014.  

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