George Mackay Brown Pipe Poem #2: Stone and Star

Stone and Star

The stone that sinks a creel
The stone that whets a scythe
The stone
That locks a bridge over the burn
The stone that keeps milk cold
The ordered stones that stand between hearth and a winter storm
The carved stone over the next of skulls
The stone that children
Enchant to flower, ship, castle
The stone sea-vested twice a day
The stone the beachcomber
Strikes a match on to light his pipe
Between a crag and a stormfall,
A tall stone in a field
Strayed reveller from the circling Brodgar dance,
The seapink stone
The stone the Ice Giant dragged out of Norway
The stone, Hesper,
That kisses a darkling ebbtide stone.