I’ll be performing this line, among other lines, this weekend for the Wigtown Book Festival, Scotland. What intrigues me is this little pebble I saw in this sculptor’s garden on route in regional Dumfries & Galloway. This poem was written to share.
a carefully constructed planet
swelling in the garden
sheep snuggled into sinew
The signature of some bumble bee
organ-pipes highly strung
between the tips of two firs.
Bathed in birdsong
someone hammers something
somewhere, a tiny insect mows
the neighbour’s lawn
far away. At my foot, a smooth
has two little grooves for open eyes
blinking, I imagine, if you look down long enough
to consider your toes
Somebody told me
he is a drystane dyker by trade. By art
he is folding rock and chiseling rope,
carving loss into a heavy whole
sculpting stone to hug itself, warmly
chipping solace into soul
behind the house
Skye Loneragan is the 2016 Writer in Residence for Spring Fling and Wigtown Book Festival.
This two part residency involves Skye visiting studios throughout SF 2016 (28-30 May 2016), sharing poetry across distances with those on the Spring Fling studio tour & performing to those on the shuttle buses. Over the next couple of weeks we will be publishing some of Skye’s poems here on the blog on the lead up to WBF 2016. Skye will be performing her poetry at Wigtown Book Festival (23 Sept – 2 Oct 2016).