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Fada, cian Fada – Far, Far Distant

May 7, 2013


Silence never silent

Waters never still

Birdmen scale mountains

Gannet speaks in ecoed shrill


Tides continue turning

Songs sung in silent drill

A life not yet forgotten

Absence on the hill.


The cleitean dark and empty

Propellers sunken still

The gun rusting over

The silence of the hill


The mail boat drift hath ended

Stac Biorrach route untold

Soay, Hirta, Boreray,


All left alone.



©   Katie Johnston



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