Iain McDowell

Rookie (14th May 1967 / Liverpool, England)

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Iain McDowell was born in Liverpool and brought up in Northern Ireland. He studied English and Theology at Cambridge and was ordained to the Anglican priesthood in 1996. He now works for the National Health Service in East London. more »

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Battle Lines

Battle Lines
for Barney and Alice


Your end-of-terrace faces east,
Stone-windowed for the wind and rain.
You wake to sea-pictures, water-coloured
Washes: Lindisfarne and the Castle; God and war.

These two have come at ordinary times,
Flecking the horizon, when women,
Laughing at their washing, stopped to stare
And count the bulging, multiplying sails.

The sea still hisses with obscure announcements
Like a foreign station. Glowing in the night
Your house dials Oslo, straining out
For Oswald's battle-cry, or Aidan's ...

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