Will Vigar

poet. writer. imposter.



Saltwater seethes from the Black Isle

to tease an endless beach; sea touching sky

with a palette of blue green and haze grey.

Rothko shimmers quickening the landscape


painting waves in roiling torment.

Tide low, the white caps swell and claw,

hand  over hand; ceaseless; desperate

to free themselves from the deeps


and reach the receding dry land. Sand –

uncaring – shifts like hard mist skittering,

dancing, leaving ripple tracks to be planed

smooth by a philistine moon on the next


flood. The dunes wait for the gambolling

winds to slow shudder them from the shore,

but are held back from pasture by an apology

of buckthorn between high-tide and rye.


The threat of spring fills the harbour

with skiffs, dinghies and yachts waiting

to shred the peart colourfields and fill

the silent beach where Chaplin played…


6 comments on “Nairn

  1. badvibrations2015
    April 10, 2019

    This is beautiful.


  2. erroneouschoices
    April 10, 2019

    Picture and poem, lovely


  3. henrygiles
    April 22, 2019

    I spent my schoolday holidays in Nairnshire.. Super pic and words.


    • Will
      April 22, 2019

      Thank you. I’ve only been once, but what a beautiful place! Definitely going back soon.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Joyce Kopp
    November 1, 2020

    Breath-taking images of this landscape. Love your references to Rothko and Chaplin. Question on the next to the last stanza…did you mean, instead of “shudder them from the shore,” shuttle them (the dunes) to the shore? excuse my confusion on this image


    • Will
      November 1, 2020

      Hi Joyce, thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated. A quick word about the shudder/shuttle phrase. I was fascinated by the interpaly of the wet sand that looked like ripples on the water, and the top layer of those ripples that had dried and were being blown around by the wind. As the sand fell from the top of the ripple, into the adjacent trough, it looked like the dunes were trying to slough dead skin. It reminded me of a natural history documentary I had seen about a snake shedding its skin. The timelapse photography making the snake move and shudder. So the shuddering motion appeared to move the sand. Hope that makes sense. 🙂


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