Wednesday 25 August 2021

Still enjoying my walkies

There's nothing like a dose of sea air for recharging the batteries, forgetting one's own woes and letting the mind breathe.

And here's a sort of relevant poem from Scotland's fine new Makar (National Poet).



Well, friend, we’re here again—
            sauntering the last half-mile to the land’s frayed end
to find what’s laid on for us, strewn across the turf—
gull feathers, bleached shells,
                                        a whole bull seal, bone-dry,
knackered from the rut
(we knock on his leathern head, but no one’s home).

Change, change—that’s what the terns scream
                                        down at their seaward rocks;
fleet clouds and salt kiss—
everything else is provisional,
                                        us and all our works.
I guess that’s why we like it here:
                         listen—a brief lull,
                                        a rock pipit’s seed-small notes.

“Fianuis” is from The Bonniest Company (2015) © Kathleen Jamie


  1. we love that... fleet clouds and salt kisses... that's what we feel when we see da sea...

  2. Hari OM
    Aye, Bertie lad, just a saunter by the shore is restorative indeed. I am planning exactly that this arvo, for amazingly, we are having a late run at the summer vibe! Thank you for including such a perfect poem; KJ is a fitting filler of Jackie Kay's shoes. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx
    (who is already overdosed on paralympics...)

    1. Here we're viewing the Paralympics through the humorous filter of 'The Last Leg' crew.

  3. Yes, as Yam says, a perfect poem, from a poet whose work I will explore further. And a lovely late-summer day.

    1. Gail says: Jamie's essay collections, 'Findings', 'Sightlines' and 'Surfacing' are well worth reading too.

  4. We're glad to hear you are enjoying your walk by the sea, Bertie. What a lovely poem it is that you shared, too.

  5. Keep enjoying your beautiful walks, Bertie, and we loved your poem!

  6. What a pretty poem! A perfect description for those of us who live far away from any ocean. (I doubt we'll find a knackered seal on the shores of Lake Ontario, or any of the Finger Lakes here in WNY. We do find gull feathers and clam shells, though.) We hope Bertie continues to enjoy his walkies wherever he goes!

  7. We love seeing you enjoying life Bertie, and we know how invigorating a walk by the shore can be!
    Rosy and the Gang

  8. Enjoy all those wonderful walkies, Bertie. We only wish we could be there to walk along with you. But Mom says we are there in spirit.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  9. A lovely day to enjoy nature at it's best, Bertie. So glad you had a good walk.

    Inca xx

  10. Hey Bertie and Gail...what an absolutely gorgeous path for walking and reflecting on each day. Scottish weather has been quite agreeable of late.
    Kathleen Jamie's poem is beautiful.
    Hugs Cecilia and Bryan

  11. So happy that you shared a fine looks so lovely there! We wish we were walking with you!

    Rosie and Redford