Northwords Now

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

Ragna as scribe

by Lydia Harris

On each page she adds primroses
from the hill at Hammers,
transcribes the corncrake’s cry
on a stave between strainer posts,

listens for lichen on stone,
guides her pen through Kyrie Eleison,

traps voices from the broch
brought by the wind,

settles them into the ground
to be ploughed, harrowed and trodden,
adds some words I would understand
noust, bere, mulder,

conjures the way
day begins with kye in fog,
gilds the giant puff ball
which wasn’t there before,

spins benisons from the air  
from the folds of her throat,

how the muscles in her face
move with the clouds.

Ragna by Lydia Harris
Ragna as scribePoem by Lydia Harris
Ragna becomes a netleaf willowPoem by Lydia Harris
Ragna the Wise sails to Kirkwall to challenge Earl RognvaldPoem by Lydia Harris

Northwords Now acknowledges the vital support of Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
ISSN 1750-7928 - Print Design by Gustaf Eriksson - Website by Plexus Media