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Written after a visit to the Orkney island of Hoy.

Hoy Beach Stone

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse18 May 2014

White and smooth,
Pocketed flat and small.

The Kittiwakes squat
In sandstone cliffs,
Decaying red tenements
Rented by lonely puffins.

Skuas patrol sea-sky
And the heather beyond,
Guarding the rare,
Endangered silence.

I kiss the stone
And throw it out to sea.