Old Friends – A walk up Tap O’ Noth

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My friend, she said, come up the Tap, can’t, yes, can, an old friend, this mountain, steep up, left, the mud, along, along, Nick was ill, the infirmary, the stroke unit, the stroke plan, almost died, new perspectives, what would I do?, without him, my best friend, where is the paper? Where is the document?, he is not ill, they said, the doctor, we want him out, she said, we are here, along, march hard, the breath, the days, they were harrowing, the days, reconsidered, my, our lives, need to be more grateful, right, up, up, kissing gate, want to kiss, him, now, up, up, the ground, icy, the wind, my hair, up, and around, the heather, so stark, brown, this time, the wind, so sharp, the view, the eternity, the top, the hill fort, need to imagine, it, who owned it the Picts? the archaeologists, they were here, found an axe, life goes on, lie down ,on my old friend the Tap, hiding, from the wind, down again ,against the wind, a stand still, almost, down, down, the view, the valley, Strathbogie valley, the farms, the field, the clouds, the sun, raying through, the life, it shines again, the love, the car park, thanks Christine, home again with Nick, my very best friend.

Claudia Zeiske

Marŝarto Grand Jury 2023 Writer in residence 2021/22

Claudia Zeiske is a Scotland based curator and art activist who realises a lot of her projects through walking, bringing people, ideas and politics together.


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