Inspiring days out

Today I have visited the Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies, about 15 miles outside Edinburgh. The Falkirk Wheel is one of those places I have been wanting to visit since someone told me about some years ago. More recently, a colleague visited and also mentioned The Kelpies and I was determined that, this time, I would visit. These two poems were written on my return to base; not polished but fresh from the visits.

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Falkirk Wheel

A breath, caught in gentle
Almost imperceptible movement.
Vista deceives as walls move
Rotate through air.

Water rushes, but soft,
Faint; unnoticed protection
As we climb without effort
Where seagulls care.

The Falkirk Wheel; majestic
Proud heart beating
Turning, cheating senses
With gondola dare.

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Not the Angel of the North

Not the Angel of the North
These dominant beasts,
Nor mythical loch spirit rising

Imposing they stand, lifting
And dipping, they speak wordlessly
A message of peace and strength

How do they, motionless
Bring together community?
Go visit, and see.

The Kelpies, their magnitude
Captivates and draws forth
The folk to think.

So, no; not the Angel of the North
Yet a more northerly pair
Of equine angels.

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