Donald Adamson writes in English and Scots and translates from Finnish. He has been a prize winner in many competitions, including first prize in the Sangschaw Translation Competition 2017, and has had two collections (From Coiled Roots and Glamourie) published by Indigo Dreams. He has given classes in creative writing and translation to different age groups. His latest pamphlet, All Coming Back (Roncadora Press, 2019), contemplates the third age of life, considered ironically, humorously and poignantly. The poems are illustrated by artist Hugh Bryden.
I’m scuffling brown leaves with my grandson. The branches are bare with just a wizened pennant or two still hanging on. A half-mile stretch of canal gleams, beckons, bends and vanishes. Our pace is slow, suiting as both as we move hand in hand each of us into our own distance.