#atinylife Fire


Today’s guest post is from my dear old mum. I lovingly typed it up from the photocopied, hand-written sheet she sent through the post…

Stella Hervey Birrell

Uyeasound Up Helly Aa

Dark nights and secrets,

Words cut short,

Explosions of laughter;

Bright, half sewn garments

Whisked out of sight.

Beards bristle, half grown.

Charity shops raided,

Those size 12 winkle pickers

Find a buyer; red bloomers too.

Beards bushy, wild in the wind.

Fire

Galley shed packed tight with guizers –

Space men, Salmon, Clangers, Nuns.

Generous tots poured by bearded Jarls,

Resplendent heroes, smiling now,

Yet fierce with shield and axe and raven helm.

Out into black night, torches held high,

Flames stream in the wind.

Upright in dragon galley,

Circled by torch bearing monster slaves,

A smile on his face,

Guizer Jarl, focus of fierce joy.

Arcs of fire as

Torches are tossed.

Deep roar of flame

Sparks brighter than stars

Gut wrenching awe

Recalls the nights those raiders came,

Those nights of fire and terror long ago.

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About atinylife140

This is the website and blog of tinylifer Stella Hervey Birrell. I'm a writer living in East Lothian, Scotland. My first novel, How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right? was published in 2016. I wanted to start a blog that wouldn’t encroach much into anyone’s day, with a nod to Twitter’s use of brevity as a USP (I use 140 words per post, they insist on 140 characters per post). In the blog, I want to mostly focus on the little things, the ones that lift us, keep us going on the difficult days. The visuals will also be deliberately simple: a post-it note with an illustration in pencil (Stella HB, you see?). Thanks for reading!
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