Claire Quigley’s poetry has been published in a variety of magazines, including Magma, Gutter, Bare Fiction and The Interpreter’s House. She lives in Glasgow where she works as a Computing Science education consultant. She is also a photographer with a particular interest in live music photography, and her pictures have appeared as cover shots on books and CDs, and as author portraits.
Unidentified Aircraft (over Montrose)
after the painting by Edward Baird
This is the stillness just before.
The town lies faceted behind.
We threw a bridge across
the unreflecting river
like a living cord – still warm –
under a sky shown day for night.
Snowfall has shattered on the hills.
We are so close that you are almost
with us now, as we – still warm –
lift up our faces to the night.
Arms wide, priests
of a silent benediction:
that our bodies might leave
angels in the snow
if we should fall.