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East Neuk in the Rain ©

Stella
Fife, Scotland
2006

Depressed weather as I visit the Neuk
New homes mushrooming since my last visit
First homes and pipe dreams for some
Under the grey sky the river cleanses
Carries the ferry to port
Bringing visitors and returning exiles
Who glimpse land then gather bags
Ready to land safely on Fifeís shores

Without sunís blessing
Soft landscape is needed
I am not let down
Hedgerows throw up
Sunshine yellow
Sharp green
Puddles reflect red umbrellas
And a childís Wellingtons

Next time perhaps my mental picture
Of blue harbour white houses
The familiar postcard scene
Will say hello
But today in the drizzle
I am rewarded just the same
The beggarís mantle fringed golden
Is seen in all its splendour



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