I was standing in the water

cleaning my cooking pan

with a clump of wet heather.


My mate said, “You’re in

your element here, aren’t you?”

He was right, I was.


I could have been in a kilt

with woolly socks up to my knees

and a tweed jacket shining in the sun.


The mountains were reflected

in the still, silent waters of the loch

and there were eagles in the red sky.




Neil Campbell: From Manchester, England. Included three times in Best British Short Stories (2012, 2015, 2016). Three collections of short fiction, Broken Doll, Pictures from Hopper and Ekphrasis. Two poetry chapbooks, Birds and Bugsworth Diary. First novel Sky Hooks out in September 2016. @neilcambers.