The Holy Island

Come to test water taken from the sea

Pilgrims covered great distances like migratory birds

In a landscape of still life cut off after dark

Receding water complicated their options

A narrative of mythical gods

Undeterred like troops rallied by an enemy

They survived the crossing like crossing time

The causeway

A line

A length

A lifeline never ending

Saved from themselves figures stark and simple

Followed marker poles across the dunes

As if following directions on how to get to Heaven

Written by James Tierney

Born in Northumberland, James now lives in Italy working at the University of Milan. He still considers Northumberland his true home.

Image: Pilgrim's Way, Gail Johnson