Northwords Now Issue 39

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Structure 8 (the workshop)

by Ingrid Leonard

Chert, flint and flagstone,
cobble-flaked tang,

knives smashed from beach-pebble,
traded wolf fang,

scrapers, mace and arrow-heads,
soot, ash, bone

egg-white, haematite,
chippers, carvers, sanders

cutters, buffers, polishers,
axe-haft and adze

mallet, spade, needle,
gut-cord, strip-leather

bone-pin, hide, clay, shell –
tooth, rusk, rain, fire.