Northwords Now Issue 39

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Before the Play at Uig Hall

by Clair Tierney

Before the play at Uig Hall
two flowery lasses create wakes in puddles
backwards skipping by the Echaig

Silt sides where wellies sink
Rapids under the bridge
Leaves to let fall, switch, and watch
for on the other side

It is a conversation the river speaks
babblings and sputterings.
That I could swim in that river
next season when the rain's been
that trout brown bend
'neath peaty clears,
a pale belly glimpsed.


Before the play at Uig Hall
two flowery lasses create wakes in puddles
backwards skipping