On the West Highland Line – Linda Jackson
(Image: Alan Mitchell / A Glasgow – Fort William train climbs onto Rannoch Moor – Wikipedia)
A poem about the vulnerability of loving
First published Dec 2021 in Wanderlust Women, available from
On the West Highland Line
Lost, my love there standing,
Lochaber light and wildness
capturing his rush to know
everything. Let it go –
and be waiting for the train
and me arriving in evening pink.
The setting colours create warmth
as the train builds up speed,
cold mountains are past now.
Let it go.
Leaning, I see him drinking,
the Mallaig bar and shooting the breeze
with fisher folk and these islanders
he knows so well. Let them know,
and be waiting for the train.
Passing picket fence station,
Morar white sands thrown
in a hazy storm up and
over ancient boats moored.
Let them know.
Walking, I see him walking
down towards the harbour
where the moon is sending shadow,
he’s staring out to sea. Let it be me
and be thinking what we’ll do when
the train rattles past Glenfinnan,
swords will flash our history,
reframe the story,
raise the standard – and
let it be me.
Linda Jackson is the founding editor of Seahorse Publications Linda’s own work includes The Siren Awakes (2020) and The Cabinet (poetry collection by Red Squirrel Press, 2021), she has been published in various anthologies, including New Writing Scotland. The second memoir, Siren: Wild in Me will be late this year as will her novel, The Mark of the Rose, she has recently produced a group of travel poems ‘Wanderlust Women’ ( This is a collection by four women poets: Linda Jackson, Donna Campbell, Tracy Patrick and Lesley Benzie writing about travel and dreams…where’. An academic in a former life, her doctorate was a comparative study of Virginia Woolf and Friedrich Nietzsche. she has been a teacher and a writing tutor for forty years, a lifelong musician.
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