Monday, January 12, 2015

THOMAS A. CLARK ~






Tom and Laurie Clark at Woodwick House
photo : © Alistair Peebles







you will have to go

all around it

to see it



have to stay

with it

to know it









a breeze

of small birds

moving through

birch leaves









a stone from shade

carried for a mile

cool in the hand









a breath is enough

to fan the ripples

of water that run

deliciously in

around dwarf juniper









slopes of sunlight

slopes of snow

sit together

above the scree

innocent

of incident









what you feel

you can contain

what you see

you will become









one song of water

picking up

from another



the slopes

constantly

spilling water


as you climb

it pours

around you


rushing, dashing

leaping to find

its level









whatever is lifted

by the wind is dropped

again into a calm

slightly ahead of itself









if you stretch out

in the long grasses

your weight is distributed

over the headland

to rest as lightly

on the crushed grasses

as sky on sea









once again

for the first time

morning








 


T H O M A S   A.   C L A R K




__________________________

selected from
The Hundred Thousand Places
Carcanet  2009



Thomas A. Clark lives in the small fishing village of Pittenweem
on the east coast of Scotland.



http://northings.com/2009/09/29/yellow-and-blue-thomas-a-clark-laurie-clark-porteous-brae-gallery-stromness-orkney/





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