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On listening to Farewell to Stromness after the death of Peter Maxwel Davies.

A Tear for a Stranger

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse18 Mar 2016

The sea and
the ancient landscape
in skirled chords

of lament,
of profound protest;
then a silence

summoning surf,
wind through the grass,
and a tear for a stranger.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, 1934-2016