THE OLD SKATERS TASKToday I spent time watching gulls chasing crowsFrom my sixth floor window, the lone hidden sceneI thought, ‘Is a high-rise the same as below?Or a limbo between what there is and what’s been?’I switched on TV, tuned to some quality skatingThe grace and the poise – aye, it took breath awayIt made me remember our dreams are our makingThose curves and the throws on the water that staysI watched them dance further, the discipline strongMy mind played and enjoyed its soaring with themI was returned to those times when I was still youngTo those easy beliefs that my youth carried thenI first ventured on ice while still a tiny wee thing(In our Scotland then, that was simply the way)The grace I have now comes from those days of springAnd the joy for that ice, aye, it’s still singing today!At that wee Edinburgh rink that became second homeAs well as first love – I still remember what wasReflecting on how some old friends had since changedI still try to make sense of lost innocence causedAs I carried on thinking about what skating broughtI recalled once again, that first gentle, sweet loveOn the banks of the Leith, aye, I found what is soughtShe showed me her Self – gave her gift from above!I now find when I look at those days far awayThat the Murrayfield rink was a sign of my futureI skated and turned – and some stitch marks have stayedThe proud scars of a boy with his ice hockey sutures!I’m writing this now, as a man who has grownThe boy I was then, aye, he surely moved onStill, whatever life brings whether comfort or fameI’m a skater who’s happy the ice always won!John Lakefield



Joined November 2007

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In the moment poem inspired by watching international ice skating one afternoon. I have only just joined here so I’m hoping I’ve gone through the correct process to enter the ‘In the Moment’ competition


in moment poem

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