for my son
/ O my heart is the unlucky heir of the ages
/ And my body is unwillingly the secret agent
/ Of my…
for my son
Time alone separates the dull red
/ granite of these cliffs and the red
/ clay in the kirkyard yonder.
/ As I stand…
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
We sat together in silence.
/ The lost look in your eyes.
/ Once they were like eternal stars.
/ You were full of joy and…
We nearly missed her.
/ This little storm of life,
/ could have blown by
/ before we weathered her.
/ But here she is: sturdy,
/ definite, pointing her…
’S ann ri ur seanair Dòmhnall Buachaille
/ a bha sibh a’ bruidhinn a-raoir
/ thuirt sibh rium.
/ Ann an aisling no an soillearachadh seòmair…
/ On one face, the cistern built by the Turks,
/ now holding only dust and darkness
/ below its stone vault, where Monemvasía’s
There is no need they say
/ but the needles still move
/ their rhythms in the working of your hands
/ as easily
/ as if your…
is peopled with many surfaces.
/ Ormolu and gilt, slipper satin,
/ lush velvet couches,
/ cushions so stiff you can’t sink in.
/ Tables polished clear enough…
The orchids my mother gave me when we first met
/ are still alive, twelve days later. Although
/ some of the buds remain…
I did not promise
/ to stay with you till death do us part, or
/ anything like that,
/ so part I must, and…
She is that guid tae me so she is
/ an Am a burden tae her, I know Am ur.
/ Stuck here in…