Poems of Adventure

Poems written during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2014

Poems written during the Ireland Challenge Yacht Race April 2006

The Mountains

Pacific Storm
Pacific Storm
Pacific Storm
Pacific Storm


Plaintive notes of the pipe
Fill the theatre of ancient terraces
Cupped in the Andean mountain side.
Defensive stones, close bonded, multi faced,
Perfectly marry the mountain rock

Steps cling and twist,
Precipitous paths traverse,
Then dive through mountain fissures,
Close and tight.

An eagle turns below,
Tip-quivering grace in
Circles widening upwards
On invisible currents

And mountain gift,
In close chiselled troughs
The threads of water wind
To swell the city;
Its heart: rock encased in circling stone,
Spirit within the rock
Accepting sacrifice.

The dead, curled up once more,
Mummy to mother,
Repass the death canal
Into the mountain womb.