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Firewords

 

Illustration for Firewords literary magazine, this double page linocut incorporates poem 'Rusted plough at Guirdil, Isle of Rum' by Robert Ford:

 

Once it would’ve arrived here, painted and new,

either landed from a friendly sea by boat,

or else shouldered over those rocky tracks by ponies,

and assembled from its pieces into a monster.

It must’ve seemed like the work of both

the Devil and the Lord in cahoots, the way it

knifed through the spongy turves, turning green to black,

burying centuries of broken backs in an afternoon.

Now it lies ridiculous, against the emptied house,

below the cliffs chopped roughly into silent hillsides.

Only goats feed here now, chewing, box-eyed,

on kelp stranded up and down the shoreline.

 

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