Northwords Now Issue 37

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Storm Petrel

Mousa, Shetland

by Martin Malone

Come back in Summer,
be here at nightfall,
put your ear to the
broch and listen as
the twittering mis-
fires of a thousand
tiny engines ig-
nite the wall with tales
of the ocean and
a life on the wing
flitting home to its
solitary egg.
In eight weeks they’re gone:
birds of bad omen,
souls of lost sailors,
Mother Carey’s Chicken.
Come, put your ear to
the broch and listen.