SLEETY WINDS

crosthwaite snow

A photograph taken today from the Long Crags in Dumbarton looking out towards Ben Lomond and the Argyllshire Hills.

And just for the day that’s in it, let’s recall an excerpt from Patrick Kavanagh’s great poem Shancoduff:

The sleety winds fondle the rushy beards of Shancoduff
While the cattle-drovers sheltering in the Featherna Bush
Look up and say: “Who owns them hungry hills
That the water-hen and snipe must have forsaken?
A poet? Then by heavens he must be poor.”
I hear and is my heart not badly shaken?

Picture by Jim Crosthwaite

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