Wednesday, 17 May 2006

Cow Parade Comes to Edinburgh

Coloured cows hover
from the roof of the museum.
Normal life goes on.
Visit the CowParade website at:

Monday, 15 May 2006

Watercolour

There’s something of life in the picture –
dull, dreich mist over storm-dark hills, the lift
of the water as it leaves the canvas,
the peek of light through the foreground
break in the clouds.

I feel wet sand between my toes,
watch eddying rain watering down
shy sunlight, hear the splash of sea
on rocks, the pull of currents.

Wind fresh in my face, drawn into
the scene, I drown in the lake
of a painter’s imagination.

Saturday, 13 May 2006

Green Design exhibition

There's a lovely little exhibition on at the Museum of Scotland at the minute. Green Design exhibits wonderfully innovative examples of environmentally friendly design - from a coffee table made from coffee grounds to an environmentally friendly guitar. It's on until 25 June. More information at:
http://www.nms.ac.uk/scotland/whatson/exhibitiondetail.asp?event=39

Sunday, 7 May 2006

Bass Rock from North Berwick

The rock itself almost hidden
by pointillistic gannets nesting,
soaring round in clouds,

closer to shore, diving,
crashing into waves
stark white against sea and sky

their numbers restoring faith
in something that seems lost
amongst the people

littering the beach.

Monday, 1 May 2006

Bank Holiday at North Berwick

Today we went to North Berwick and walked along the beach. We had excellent views of the Bass Rock, covered in gannets. There were also a lot of gannets closer to the shore and a fair number of eider ducks too. Hopefully there will be a longer poem soon, but for now there's this:
Gannets
White cross-shaped bird
wings ink-tipped
stark against the shimmering foil
of sunlit sea.