In the tearoom we asked for coffee
and home-baked scones with jam -
were asked if we'd enjoyed our sail -
unaware that we'd arrived by car!
The road from Grass Point: Photo © 2010 Sarah Charlesworth.
Grass grows down the middle
of the three-mile road to Grasspoint
where the Old Ferry Inn watches
MacBrayne's sailing past Lady Rock.
Years past pilgrims paused here
enroute for St.Columba's isle,
and cattlemen drove their beasts
across towards mainland markets.
Now passengers on the launch from Oban
stop off at Mull's nearest point
for a quick taste of feeling insular
and buy chocolate mints from the gallery
where sculpture and collected bones,
newspaper cuttings and books of poems
coalesce into a single exhibition
of history and restoration.
Stone seal at Grass Point: Photo © 1999 Dave Fergusson.
Quiet again after the boat's return
we watch the waves wash over the sculptured seal
before driving off along the twisting way,
the post-van squeezing between trees to let us pass.
Days later, from the car-ferry lounge,
ourselves heading for mainland motorways
we remember our weeks on Mull
and look across to a remote, white house.
© GERALD ENGLAND.
Old Ferry House: Photo © 2010 Sarah Charlesworth.
Composed: Glamis, 8th August 1984