Petra Vergunst- Folktale

Folktale
A damp evening – a selkie tale
kinsfolk gathered
in the dark fisherman’s croft
 
Told and told again
the mystery of this seal woman
whose skin
her husband had hidden
 
Hanging onto every word
we foresee every twist of the tale
but prod for yet another retelling
 
knowing that the shape shifting
is now salt in a larger sea
the skin we settle on
 
 
Petra Vergunst is a writer based in the northeast of Scotland. Inspired by local landscape and heritage her work investigates the multi-layered relationships we maintain with our natural and historical environments. Her narrative poem Embrace will be published in March 2017. Imagine and Folktale were written as part of Edgelands, a poetry project in which she investigates what lead (Scottish) fishing communities to vote for Brexit.
 
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Petra Vergunst – Proms in Perthshire

Proms in Perthshire

So it happened that evening
after my energy
kneeled at the foot of the hill

That I stood up again
on seeing Beethoven’s affirmation of life
reflected in the conductor’s face

They sang of sheer gladness,
running your course
the conquering hero

Below the canopy of stars
a thin duvet of cloud
descended on the silhouette of Schiehallion

I craved to climb that munro
to hear massed choir
breathe the composer’s movements

Petra Vergunst is a freelance community artist, composer and poet currently writing  on the themes of music and sound. Her poetry has appeared in Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Stare’s Nest, The Open Mouse, Poetry Scotland, Nutshells and Nuggets and various anthologies.
 

Petra Vergunst – Cutting her dress

Cutting her dress

The robe flows around her body
like ribbons strung from a Maypole
trembling in a breeze.

Upbeat and encouraging, the assistant
had congratulated her on the fit of her dress
the shade that had brightened her complexion

Stitch by stitch she had
taken in the cut
cropped the waist,
sewn the seams in her mind

Last night she
traced the model
on yellowed newspaper
cut it from the kingsize sheet
no longer needed

In the dress shop window
she sees her reflection.
How she wishes he would admire
the roses of her robe
imprinted on the forget-me-not ribbons –
the bouquet she arranged
to celebrate his life.

Petra Vergunst is a freelance community artist, composer and poet. Cutting her Dress was written as part of her project Have: Not Have in which she explores ideas of possession and dispossession and what these mean to us in our personal lives.

http://www.musicforcommunities.blogspot.com

Petra Vergunst – Illustration

Illustration

The celebrated children’s author

takes his pencil
from school to school

he sharpens it
then snaps it,
draws out dismay

binning desire
for linear dreams
adorning blank paper

 

 

Petra Vergunst is a freelance community artist, composer and poet. Illustration was written as part of her project Have: Not Have in which she explores ideas of possession and dispossession and what these mean to us in our personal lives.

 

www.musicforcommunities.blogspot.com