Introducing the November 2008 Readers – 1. Colin Will

Colin Will, Edinburgh-born poet and publisher, lives in Dunbar. His 4th poetry collection – Sushi and Chips – was published by Diehard in 2006. He chairs the Board of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and is webmaster for Poetry Scotland.

Sea dreams

Dead gull floats in the sea,
wings spread, head down.
For a moment I dream
it’s alive, practising snorkelling,
peering down for unwary fish,
but it’s just the waves
that make its feathers
rise and fall.

Tide slides up the slipway,
in little laps. Seaweed fronds
rise from the rocks, outspread
as incoming water lifts them.

It’s all just… not going anywhere,
just… going; never arriving,
just… having been, a place
where time is liquid,
life and death
just… phases of the moon.

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