The Western Isles: Checkmate

Climbing, Poetry

Skye and the Outer Hebrides. Where desire and grief seem one and the same.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/the_western_isles_checkmate-12449

Peat (Skinidin, Skye)

Usually the earth is hard
A crust
I’m used to this
Where I put the past behind me

But on the Islands
Reach into the peat and
Your hands slide down through
Centuries

Spooky. The undead
Exes and myths
Clasp my wrists
From the black water

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