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We beg the darkening clouds to scatter -      

let the forest breathe with light.

Wind-whipped trees

see-saw and splay as     

light patterns flicker

              from trunk

                       to trunk.

Light crackles on pinecone, snail-shell,

on limbs of cypress, larch, and spruce,

finding sanctuary, to lie sated,

sharp-scented on the tongue.


Light smudges skin with amber,

lands softly on mushroom and moss,

unveils the feather’s perfect marl,

the sage-like serenity of lichen.    


We beg the darkening clouds to scatter,

and the forest breathes with light.


Poetry copyright © Frances Ainslie 2021

Audio - Directions to 2nd Film 'Forest'
Audio - Directions to 3rd Film 'Island'

The Airthrey Dance Trail has been created through the Scene Stirling Open Grants - funded by Creative Scotland,

Stirling Council and with support from cultural organisations across Stirling.

This project was part funded by the generosity of Grace's aerial students who donated their cancelled classes during lockdown.

Created with support from the University of Stirling Art Collection. Thanks to Michael Rea (filming and editing), Frances Ainslie (poetry), Hannah Uttley (narration of poetry), Arken Creative (map design), Ellen Turner (creative mentor), Nathan Critchlow (writing support).

 Film © Grace Turner 2021. Poetry © Frances Ainslie 2021

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