The Dotterel

You saw me first
when you flew by.
I knew you by the rhythm of your wings
and I rejoice in seeing you,
grab my binoculars to find you
but you flit to sands further on.

I walk on between sea and dune
cross the stream, 
with wet feet go further on
to find solitude amongst wind, sand and sea;
and there listen for An Gèadh Fiadhaich.

I stop, look out toward the sea
and there I see you, so close to me 
resting on one leg 
head turned into your wing
away from the wind, feathers
hidden as grains of sand.

Your gentle eye open
watching me,
trusting me.
Your feathered splendour 
staying still, not bothered by me. 

The sun arcs across the sky
waves crash, 
wind blows,
we both still -
you on one leg, I on two.
Together we hear with joy
 An Gèadh Fiadhaich.

© Craig A Roberts, 2021

An Gèadh Fiadhaich: Scots Gaelic for the Wild Goose, a name symbolising the wonder and power of the Holy Spirit – forever moving and untamed by humanity.

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