Moniack Washing Line by Lynn Valentine

The wind gathers the clothes like children
sends them on a trip out to the Loch.

Permits them to swim until they have
no memory of arms, legs, heads,
only the pegs that used to keep them in line.


Lynn Valentine writes between dog walks on the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. Her work has appeared in anthologies and online in places such as the Scottish Poetry Library blog, the Scottish Book Trust’s website and Ink, Sweat and Tears. She has been placed in competitions and is a previous winner of the Glasgow Women’s Library ‘Dragon’s Pen’ award. In 2018 she read at StAnza as part of the ‘My Time’ project and the Makar, Jackie Kay, described her poem as ‘a thing of beauty’.

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