I’ve been working with Solent Writers Circle on writing inspired by the Artists’ Rifles Exhibition at Gosport Gallery. They are an extremely talented and committed writers group that meet up once a month and run regular competitions. Their oldest member has been attending for nearly thirty years! I was struck by how friendly and warm their welcome to me was as well as the quality of the writing they produced. Here’s an example –
by Morag Kelly
Soldier of the HLI
Face of drawn angles and sunken cheeks
Eyes staring glassily
Fleck of spittle on dry lips opening in a scream
Brown, ripped, wet, muddy tunic
With shabby leather straps.
Died of wounds at home
Entreating hands, posed and gliding at me
Just asking for what?
Feather wet touch strokes along my arm,
A gust of foggy, sulphurous breath
Around my neck
Such a sonorous, rich, so very Scottish voice wails
“Ah’m wearying for you all..”