May 2017 - Forbes Browne

Forbes Browne

I am a retired secondary school teacher living in Broughty Ferry, on the outskirts of Dundee, though I have several connections with Stirling.
I began writing seriously about 10-11 years ago with the Eco-poets, part of Broughty Ferry Environmental Project (now EDEN: East Dundee Environmental Network), and became involved in a variety of more conventional environmental work. I enjoy bird-watching, particularly the study of small raptors; real ale; folk music and am a member of the Wighton Singers, who specialise in traditional Scots music.
As well as contributing to several BFEP pamphlets, I have had work published in Poetry Scotland, New Writing Scotland and the anthologies Seagate III, She Feeds The Sea and Whaleback City. I also was one of the readers on the recent CD of Whaleback City produced by the Scots Language Society.

In the Fishers’ Graveyard, Broughty Ferry

Following the dead men’s steps around this place,
lavender and clover, rosemary and wild strawberries,
the lush, green grass between the flaking stones
enhance the atmosphere of peace and calm
and belie the histories of all those lives commemorated.

A father and two sons
wrapped in bladder-wrack at the foot
of dark reefs, far out at sea;
Jean, Mary, Ann and William who, 
like so many others, died in infancy.

Amazing, then, that some reached seventy:
old salts who found their final haven
between Church Street  and the Ship Inn,
not far from the lifeboat pier
and within hailing distance of passing sails.   

Forbes Browne