Marion F. Morrison

Marion F. Morrison (Marion F. NicIlleMhoire) was born in Barra and raised in Glasgow. She earned an MA and an MLitt at Glasgow University and was a teacher in Glasgow, Daliburgh, South Uist and Benbecula. In 2017 she won the New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust and Gaelic Books Council. Her collection Cause of Our Joy, Adhbhar ar Sòlais, gained second prize for the Donald Meek Award in 2018.

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Poem

On Reflection

You take a boat to sea
To reason with your troubled design
On the calm frame of the water
Peace in your vision:
The smouldering hills
Formidable sands
Marsh grass withering,
The sun a wilting heart.
The oars enquiring where and why?
Mad cry of the birds in aimless orbits
Shields of clouds treading on the day.
Misting capricious memory
Mastering the white worn strand.
And all that waited solving is resolved
In the spreading of a wave
In the tilt and tumble of the land.

Cheer to the heavens.
Nothing comes amiss:
But the gnawing of the slow night.

 

A’ Meòrachadh

Thug thu bàta gu muir
Gus d’ anam a mheòrachadh
Ann am bruadar ciùin;
Beanntan eagalach
Tràighean farsaing
Muran a’ seargadh
Ciaradh an fheasgair
Mar bhriseadh cridhe.
Na ràimh leis a’ cheist
Carson ’s càite?
Na h-eòin a’ sgiathalaich
Cearcaill gun fheum
Sgòthan mar sgiathan
San iarmailt
A’ maoidheadh
Air cuimhneachain mhì-rianail
Mun cuairt tràighean seargach
Ann an sguabadh na’ stuaghannan
’S lùbadh na talmhainn
Gach rud air a leigheas.

Togaibh ur cridhe
Thig fuasgladh air gach nì
Ach an dorchadas fhèin
A’ caoineadh ’s a’ caoineadh
Gu socair, gun tàmh.

 

Marion Morrison

From Cause of Our Joy – Adhbhar ar Sòlais (Bradan Press, 2018)