Northwords Now Issue 36

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Kyleakin ferry remembered

by Peter Godfrey

Yellow crest – lion rampant
on a shiny red funnel
seen through mist and slanting rain,
smoke wafting with the wind.

Cars and lorries snug on deck
in a din of steel and rivets
that drifts out half a mile,
slips past its sister vessel.

Far-flung lamps a constellation,
green and red, dim white and blinking
as a searchlight arcs the cosmos,
falls on capstans and dark waves.