Iolaire – Remembrance Day 2013



Sometimes we still sit upon that ledge

and consider the dark fervour of the waves,

wondering why some of us went under

while others clung with every fibre and were saved.

There are no answers to that question. Fortune

(whatever scholars tell us) does not favour the brave

or the virtuous. It rescued some

who could be wicked, hard and wretched ones enslaved

to drink or women, and swept aside

the good, the kind, those who each day forgave

others. We only know a rope was hurled

and we possessed both grip and faith

strong enough to hold it. Nothing else is known to us,

all as dark, intangible as the fervour of these waves.












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