north (sons and daughters)

we travelled south
east and west
each taking a bone
to plant and tend
we grew great forests
gave them names
like laughter, love
tundra, teal

there were swans and lakes
hills and streams
swallows flew
dreams took place

and then one summer
years from then
I caught my breath
inhaled again
and there before me
on the shore
a skiff, a whale boat
nothing more

13 thoughts on “north (sons and daughters)

  1. I love this, and the others in the North series of poems. My favourites.
    They give me goosebumps. I can’t put into words why…
    trying to put into words why a poem, a song, a painting evokes something in me, is difficult.
    I can’t explain it.

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    • thank you so much – I know, sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint a reason and I think that is one of the magical things about poetry that draws us back time after time – not a drug so much as a longing to find that indefinable connection again. I’m glad these poems inspired you and I really am grateful for your feedback. All the best, Colin.


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