John Irvine


Tides erode the Almond
into grains and silts
(and smaller still)
as it leads itself out
quietly seaward –
northward –
past bobbing yachts
and blackened tankers.

You find a half-melted sweet
and a blade of grass
in there with the lint
and your cut finger.
My good hand
accelerates a softly clenched fist,
thumb tucked in protecting the heart –
acknowledging all things on the move.

We’re lost on this silent coast,
on these flat sands, our fists
tightening to the distant cries
that might be fright, that might be joy
each moment harbouring an omen.

Everything is a warning sign –

and it looks like rain
over the Forth Road Bridge.

Copyright © John Irvine 2015

John Irvine is a writer and musician currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His poetry and short stories have been published, or are forthcoming, in: Poetry Scotland, Open Mouse, Blinking Cursor, Essence, Ink, Sweat & Tears, A Handful of Stones, South and Streetcake Magazine, amongst others. For more information please go to:

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  1. Pingback: ‘Tides’ published @ Open Mouse website. | John Irvine: Writer

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