On their watery heads

I have recently become obsessed with the free verse poetry of Norman MacCaig.  It would be a marvellous and impossible preoccupation to ‘illustrate’ his works; I don’t think he would have approved.  This is my first attempt but expect more.

An extract from his poem Small Lochs:

I know they’re just H2O in a hollow
Yet not much time passes without me thinking of them
Dandling lilies and talking sleepily
And standing huge mountains on their watery heads

This is Loch Long near Dornie and as the name implies, not the small loch which MacCaig has in mind, nevertheless, it does serve to illustrate the last line (click on the image to see the enlarged view).

Watery heads



  1. Mary Gilmartin · January 25, 2013

    You posting reminds me of a book written by a local author, Brian Jay Corrigan, “The Poet of Loch Ness.” I read my copy of his autographed book three years ago and believe it was set in Scotland around the Lochs. Here’a a link if you want to read the Prelude to the book on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Poet-Loch-Ness-Brian-Corrigan/dp/0312329318#_

  2. sarahmonagle · January 26, 2013

    beautiful photo!

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