Northwords Now

New writing, fresh from Scotland and the wider North
Sgrìobhadh ùr à Alba agus an Àird a Tuath Twitter Facebook Search

The lantern bearer

by Richie McCaffery

For Bonfire Night we got a class of kids
to make lanterns out of sticks, paper and glue.
I even made my own, a huge lopsided angel
for a procession through town.

That night an old woman in the crowd
was so taken by the lanterns she wanted one
of her own to carry, so I gave her mine.

She lit up more than the little candle
she carried and held up high
for miles through the evening.

At the end, I said she could keep the angel
but her face twisted. She dragged it away,
thinking of finding a place to dispose of it
before her return to darkness and metered light.

The Board and Editor of Northwords Now acknowledge support from Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
ISSN 1750-7928 - Print Design by Gustaf Eriksson - Website by Plexus Media