Alexander Rawlins

  • Sea-Thrift

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    You & I – this flower knows
    On coastal cliff – this flower grows
    Barren rock, isle & stone,
    On drift-wood shore, on whale bone

    Tussocks favour saltmarsh brine
    Dry roots thread green carpet twine
    Pink petals under zephyr’s squall,
    In seagrass dunes the curlews call

    We wandered in this island place,
    Gathered wood for fireplace
    By morning sang the seal-folks’ song,
    And sailing stories told night long

    It does much good to say these things,
    Gives all hope to spread our wings
    After landfall & back to sea,
    This flower calls to you & me

    by Me, Western Isles, 2007

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