The Shipbuilder and his Daughter His blood froze in a Scottish winter. His daughter danced unknowing in a land of southern summers. Alone in his chair, Buttons the cat stretched out along his thigh, it’s said he did not feel that mighty brain tide pound its damage. Her ‘Hi Dad’ phone-call rings unanswered in the empty flat as he lies waiting for his glacial earthen bed. Icy clay fleshed open by a clawing digger. Buttons, with no viable lodgings is sent to join him. Shipbuilder mates peppered against arctic hulls sing their rivets out across an ancient Caledonia. Tall cranes branch out over the working river hydraulic willows — weeping out bitter scour. Grief hails from a distance. It comes it floods across ten thousand miles.
Lorraine Gibson is an Anthropologist, painter, and more recently a writer of poetry. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has called Australia home for many decades. Lorraine holds a PhD. in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her writing is published in academic journals, magazines and books, including: Gibson. L. 2013. ‘We Don’t Do Dots: Aboriginal Art and Culture in Wilcannia, New South Wales’. Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing.