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Sgeir Mhor, by Britta Benson

I got inspired by a big black rock today, Sgeir Mhor in Portree Bay. Protected by the sea at high tide, and yet you can reach it within a few steps when the tide is low. An interesting change of perspective.

Sgeir Mhor

To the left of Portree Bay,

just metres from the headland,

lies Sgeir Mhor, the Black Rock,

a proud and barnacled bolder,

pockmarked by centuries

and protected by the sea

from unwanted intrusions

half of the time.

I walked there at low tide

and didn’t even get my feet wet.

As I stood on Sgeir Mhor

I wished I could reach

the black rocks in my heart

just as easily,

in a few well balanced steps,

at the right moment,

light in foot and soul,

enjoying the views of the colourful bay.

The harbour looks far more interesting

from the outside in.

I wish I could say the same

for my heart.

Britta Benson


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