Petra Vergunst

Orcadian Reflections

After Sylvia Wishart’s painting Reflections in Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

As a kestrel hovers
above muted bere fields
terns rasp cliffs
across harp bay

From beyond the frame a bonxie
hoists in, braids its way between
the blue vase, bottled ship
and glassed welks
in front of the painted window

In the light of the lantern-moon
Chopin’s nocturne rolls in
spread chalks across the shingle
retreats as shipping forecast

Copyright © Petra Vergunst 2015

Petra Vergunst is a Scotland-based freelance community artist, composer and poet currently writing on the themes of music and sound. Her poetry has appeared in Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Stare’s Nest, The Open Mouse, Poetry Scotland, Nutshells and Nuggets and various anthologies.


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