Northwords Now Issue 40

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Lorna Moon

born Strichen 1886, died New Mexico 1930

by Kay Clive

Lorna Moon, she liked the ring of it,
transformed from Nora Helen Wilson Low.
Names need to have a resonance, a fit
and this could take her where she yearned to go.
“Shameless”, they called her in the staid wee town,
between the Buchan farmland and the sea,
writing about the folk she’d always known
probing pretence, revealing oddity.
The library refused to stock her book -
the quine whose scripts had dazzled Hollywood
was shunned in Strichen. They could not overlook
that searing light that showed more than it should.

She planned a journey home  when gravely ill,
her ashes in a “trochie”, back to Mormond Hill.