Winter Footprints

It is a rich and cushioned spring of bound green flesh

This well looked after lawn

As the December storm rages we are here

At the house to let their cats out;

Performing Kanku Dai on the lush grass

leaves impressions of my footprints

I remember my mother bemoaning my football scrapes

On her grass by the shores of our fishing town

Where the seagulls would be paused in a gale’s jaws

The harbour beyond our Ainster hoose

firing white geysers into the air

Pressing into this year’s wind snarl

I ponder on the nature of balance and the past.

*Ainster = Anstruther, Fife; hoose = house; Kanku dai is a Shotokan karate kata


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