Sheila Lockhart

Sheila Lockhart lives on the Black Isle in Scotland. Her poetry has appeared in journals online and in print. Her debut pamphlet Brother (2023) is published by V.Press.


we walk away from town at dusk
red sand already darkening around us
you wouldn’t let me take a torch
said eyes would get accustomed to the dark
soon neon lights are out of sight
and the pale horizon fading
clouds turn violet like fresh bruises
and when the moon appears its beams
make hollows into pools of indigo
make sand glow like polished copper
I worry about snakes
then we hear the sound   you hold my hand
it’s only the wind you say but I am fearful
two black shapes loom out of the darkness
impossibly tall against the night sky
I sense in them deep suffering
like all the sadness in the world
one is pierced through its chest
just as you in your soul’s darkness
will later be pierced
and the wind blows through the holes
like someone moaning

Sheila Lockhart

Published online in The Ekphrastic Review, 09/03/21;
in pamphlet collection Brother, V. Press, 2023

Note: After Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus by Salvador Dali

Brother, V. Press, 2023, IBSN 978-1-7398838-9-8, £6.50

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