Category Archives: Death

Mourning in Arduaine – published in New Writing Scotland 29

A cool mercury light, Water pulling sky to sea, That soft grey sympathy Of water and stone. Shuna, small and jagged, Echoed, with variations, By Luing. Seil a faint fond shadow Embracing them both. Each made of the same stone … Continue reading

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Tea

A teacup talks to the child whose nose just clears the table, its pink and blue flowers eloquent in their simplicity, the rim and handle gilt worn in the places his grandmother’s lips and fingers have touched it; it speaks … Continue reading

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Thoughts ahead of the day of the dead IV

Took a taxi to the cemetery as dusk fell hoping the gates wouldn’t close, thirteen pounds, hmm, a handful of white star lilies and a short note, love you Dad, sorry I’m late, keep the meter running would you? Back … Continue reading

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Thoughts ahead of the day of the dead III

“People in Kwahu-Tafo, a rural town in Southern Ghana, regard a peaceful death as a ‘good death’. ‘Peaceful’ refers to the dying person having finished all business and made peace with others before his/her death and implies being at peace … Continue reading

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Thoughts ahead of the day of the dead II

It’s coming up for a year since my Dad died, and though sadness comes and goes, the happiness has multiplied, too. A measure of healing has begun, after the draft has been a long time mixing. Some of his last words … Continue reading

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Thoughts ahead of the day of the dead

A metal claw crumbles chunks of their grandfather’s Govan school as my boys begin nursery just yards away – I wonder, would he have been glad or angry that his grandsons will grow up where he did? After he ran away … Continue reading

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