National Poetry Day 2016 – The following poem is one of a series inspired by John Maher’s incredibly powerful ‘Nobody’s Home’ exhibition held recently in Glasgow, of abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides. He can be found at theflyingmonkblog.co.uk
John kindly gave me permission to use the image which inspired the poem below.
in tall June grass,
hidden from view
like the inside of this house.
behind faded curtains,
when the fire blazed
and peat smoke choked the house,
while the kettle hummed to a crescendo
paint curled on a yellow range.
Stone pillars stand guard,
support crew for the rusty gate,
natures elements weld it shut for good.
Blood red for danger within,
Letterbox whispers news
Architects from Glasgow
with charts and plans
and mainland dreams.
A meteorite shower of ideas
falling from the night sky
into these old stones,
breathing new life.
with thanks to John Maher at theflyingmonkblog.co.uk
and Architecture & Design Scotland http://www.ads.org.uk