Guest Poem by Christine Tainsh

Christine Tainsh started writing poetry having retired from teaching Art in a private school. She had always loved literature, studying English literature in a B.Ed degree before studying B.A Hons in Fine Art at Aberdeen and, later in Continuing Studies courses at Edinburgh University. Guided by Wordsworth’s example, she composes poems on long walks. She strives to create a self-contained beauty in a poem; an order which seeks to make sense of the chaotic world which inspires it.


The surreal was always problematic,
shape-shifting and strange
like a helium balloon
through melted stratospheres
and haunting melodies stuck on a soft groove
and always lilting and lifting beyond it
but the artist chose it
for someone always has to be
reaching above the shell of the overhanging sky.