the way wind crosses a field
sounding like grass waves
passing through widening circles


the lightest skiff becomes a skirl
the gentlest sowff becomes a swoof
as a shake-wind blows in gusts


grass is growing from the ground
moving everything within it
life coursing through every being



hushle: a strong wind
sowff: murmur, puff
swoof: swishing sound
shake-wind: blustery wind

Wind blowing through Pampas grass at Scar, Rackwick, May, Orkney

photographs: Top & bottom: Old Finstown Road, Orkney, June
Pampas grass Cortaderia selloana, Gunnie Moberg’s garden, Don, Outertown, Stromness, Orkney, May