14 September 2013

CalMac and Me

                                 I would much rather be on a CalMac ferry
                                 heading out on a glittering sea
                                 feeling the wind and watching the headlands
                                 shifting and flowing in mist around me
                                 with gulls circling hopefully, looking for chips
                                 the sound of the engines, that rhythm of ships
                                 the gentlest of heaving in a moderate swell
                                 the old ferry feeling that all is now well

12 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Despite the sad fact that I am vilely subject to motion sickness, you make it sound so entrancing that I too would love to be there.

Claude said...

Very inviting...In spite of a big cough presently!

Vagabonde said...

I saw your comment on Elephant’s Child blog and came for a visit. I am pleased to look at all your lovely pictures and your poem makes me homesick for the sea – which is not too close to us here, we would have to drive 5 hours to Savannah, GA., but we will be going to New Orleans soon, so that will be good. I also enjoy your short posts – mine are so long.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Thanks for the comment and thanks for visiting Vagabonde. I will nip over and look at some of your "long" posts soon. I am not sure I could cope with living 5 hours from the sea. I feel the need to see and hear water breaking on a shore rather frequently, although the river gurgling past the bottom of my garden helps as well.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Oh dear. I hope you get better soon.

susan said...

The most relaxing thing for me about being on a ferry is that there really is nothing more to do than enjoy the ride.

Nice picture.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Thanks Susan. I am addicted to the ferries that ply among our western isles. We often take trips to an island and back without even getting off at the destination, such is my love of the journeys.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Thankfully motion sickness at sea or in vehicles is something I have never experienced, not even on tiny vessels heaving around all day in very heavy seas, but spin me around fast on a kiddies' roundabout and I do feel queasy. Fortunately I feel no desire to be spun round fast on kiddies' roundabouts for recreation.

Claude said...

Better than it was 3 days ago. At least today I was able to tell Martin to order "Report on Sample 717", and to post 2 of your recent books to a friend in The Netherlands. I was so feeble for a week, and this was happening when I had to learn to use a new laptop and cell phone. And I just realised last night that I lost Aileen when I got rid of the paralysed old computer. I'm so annoyed!

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

I don't think you will have lost Aileen, I think she is stored for you by Amazon - if that is where you bought the right to read her (presuming you mean Aileen the Alien rather than Alien Island, which I think you have in print). But I am rather new to Kindle (or more accurately the 'Kindle for PC' software, as I don't have an actual e-reader). Maybe someone else out there or one of your Facebook friends could advise you better about that, or get Martin onto the job. One thing I do know about Aileen is that just when you think you may have lost her she turns up all over again :) She's a hard little lady to lose once she's latched onto you...

CherryPie said...

It looks and sounds wonderful.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

My next western isles ferry departs in October, and the thought of it is needed to keep me going sometimes.