are fields of freedom.
Beyond cold unyielding granite walls and wynds,
the comings and goings - breaking points
that constrict my spirit like corsets;
beyond small murky windows, small minds,
and far from the noise
of the great grinding gears
of a city that never stops to ask itself why,
listen to the words on the street,
lie small valleys
of shoulder dropping peace,
soft curlew wing-beats sweeping the sun,
and blue-egg birdsong.
Caroline Johnstone grew up in Northern Ireland but now lives in Ayrshire where she dares people to be happier all around the world. An author and a storyteller poet, she’s been published in the US, UK and Ireland. She’s a member of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Advisory Board, is the social media manager for the Federation of Writer’s (Scotland) and is an active member and supporter of Women Aloud NI, Scottish Pen and the Association of Scottish Artists for Peace.