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.