Posts tagged ‘Edinburgh’

23/06/2013

Peripheral Vision (Turrell Light)

 

The dark absorbs all sense of self.

A draining whole, negating space.

I stand and stare, alone and small,

A mind as lost as light itself.

 

There is no movement, nothing drifts,

The echoes of the first and last.

As flux eternal overwhelms,

The grip on truth disintegrates.

 

On truth: on what was built as such.

These fragments dazzled by our words,

These hopes and histories which choke.

That truth, that fraud, collapses in.

 

And I am left: a tiny thing,

A light in light, a flame in flames.

 

 

12/12/2012

Song 5: Always Something There To Remind Me

 

She dug a marble from the ground,

And laid it back to mark the grave.

Some lives were never meant to be:

The kitten barely breathed at all.

 

The ice of Leith, the summer breeze,

The spring and autumn Pentland rains,

The poems spoken through the snow,

The poems of the cobbled roads.

 

We lived in books and Richter prints,

We breathed the northern lights of earth,

Yet on the edge of perfect voice

The silence and the shadows fell.

 

I walked along the city streets,

Alone, alive in memory’s words.

 

Edinburgh, where I listened to Always Something There To Remind Me, recorded by Sandie Shaw.