Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sandside beach, perfect light

Everything perfect, sea like glass creates a strange acoustic. You can hear faintly people on the other island far across the bay. They are here but not here.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Son and Father, Graemsey Island, Orkney

I saw my fathers legs last night as he tottered slowly across the hall in his bizarre nighshirt.

Death cancer thin, ghost white, fragile and pocked with a swarm of pale scars. 
My father had been a very big man, a giant. In his youth he had played professional Rugby League for Salford. (Lancashire) Three English pounds for a win, one pound for a draw and nothing for a loss.

In novels I remember reading about hero's growing old and becoming tragic frail shadows but when your young it s not the part of the story that interests and now this is not a story in a book.

When I was sixteen I was captain of the team and thought myself fast and tough and thought him already an old man. That summer on a beach (maybe the last holiday when we were all really together) we ran a race across the gleaming sand, sort of a joke. I remember being shocked, then utterly mortified as he sailed past me at the very end. And for all the many years after, every time we would meet he would laugh and challenge me to another race.
But not this time.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Graemsey Island

Orkney Islands, North Sea

Coming into land, everything is clean and raw, the sea like crystal, hard granite and bracken land .

Leaving Northern coast of Britain

Heading truly North over a blue black water.

Tiny two prop plane fiercely droning. Bobs and stutters.

Straight out into the North Atlantic and once more all from the real world seems to be sliping away.

There is still light.