Reg Holder

Reg Holder grew up in East Africa, coming to the UK to train for the Merchant Navy.  He is a Master Mariner and after sailing on cargo ships and tankers came ashore as a pilot, working in oil terminals.  He is now a marine consultant and he and his wife Pat have lived in Ross-shire since 1998.





I have desired to spend my life in years past

which I have cherished at any hour of the day or night

to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future,

but inseparable from its very nature


to anticipate, not the sunrise and the dawn merely Nature herself!

many mornings, summer and winter

So many autumn, ay, and winter days,

to hear what was in the wind and

manna-wise, would dissolve again in the sun.


inspector of snow storms and rain storms

of forest paths and ravines bridged, leaping fences

have watered the red huckleberry, the sand cherry

which might have withered in dry seasons

However, I have not set my heart on that

(after Thoreau: Walden)


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