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A palette of sea feelings

Balnakeil Bay
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Mandy Haggith

The following poem (and pieces of poem-ish writing) was written using the words and phrases of project participants in meetings and interviews, some online, some in person, in response to questions about their experiences of swimming, paddling and sailing around the coast of the northwest Highland Geopark area (i.e. the north coast and west coast…


I like exploring all the out of the way places,

I love bobbing about level with a seal

floating above so much world below,

sea birds flying over.

I’m part of something far bigger, 

360 degrees of life,  

aware of the whole.

I feel small, insignificant,

elated, scared –

a palette of feelings.


(With thanks to Katja Riek)

Image : Grant McCallum