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Poems in memory of her son Jonny

Vigils is a series of beautiful and closely observed elegies on the life of her late son Jonny. Malcolm Guite tells us, “Put the murmuring shell of these poems up to your ear and you will hear the sound of the sea, not just the ‘sea of troubles’, but the wider, deeper sea of God’s mystery and his mercy.” The writer, Sarah Akehurst, lives on Iona, and is an Oblate of Pluscarden Abbey.

‘I only see the rain, the surfaces,

and do not know the place where the light dwells,

nor see the gate of death, nor understand

which seeds are watered by our tears, and grow.’

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