Archive | May, 2015

Poetry Map of Scotland, no 194: Advocates Close, Edinburgh

30 May

Give or Take

Step on this ride
Give me an inch,
I’ll take you for miles
Dislocated by a smile
Hold my mind
Cast off credulity and climb up into
this urban playground
Architecturally designed
Discrete unique vistas
Stop the clock times
Rush past linea and marginalised
Really red hysteria
Blank white skies edged in
Socialism and romanticism
or blue collared lies in this
Old town’s crowded equilibrium
Conforming middle grounds
Miss the cocktail party at the
Carnival of fools
Brilliantly disguised
Living subtitled lives
Move onto birth marks
and beauty spots
Part-object, part-spirit
Along close Advocates Lane’s
Faint sound of bagpipes and
Falling angels through
Silver nitrate fireworks
Panoramic surprises
Let’s document this
Squeeze out of a sunrise
From our dilated pupils
Share a tear from our eyes.

 

Julie Hogg

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Poetry Map of Scotland, no 193: Crail

29 May

East Neuk Storm

The wind has tormented the sea for three days:
whole trees bob in the frothy brown shallows
and gulls shelter in the harbour, cramped
and calling between useless fishing boats
like irritable children kept at home.
Late summer butterflies struggle to escape
sudden shoots of spray; they veer away,
damp and heavy, their lives almost over.
A sparrow is taken unawares – he rises
above the waves and settles up the beach,
inspecting two creels, torn from the sea bed.
There are pale fish in one, two lobsters in the other,
or rather, one inside and the other pitched out,
their enamel blue-black as a bruise.

 

Vicky Mackenzie

Previously shortlisted for the William Soutar Writing Prize 2011

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Poetry Map of Scotland, no 192: near Dollar

28 May

The Solsgirth Snake

The huge metal clasp that held my father’s pit bag jumble, a mesh string sack, was
A giant’s safety pin. Lilliputian, I was fascinated. Could never touch,
But stared up goggle-eyed as it lay dormant on the kitchen counter.
The orange boiler suit he wore, soot-stained, crumpled in a ball
Spoke of Work and Tired and Don’t Pester Him. I remember
The time he brought a fossil home, glossy, blue-black, with the imprint
Of scales, rough, around the outside. It was a snake chunk, squat as a sushi roll.
No other thing I had owned had held such dread and glamour: such mystery –
Ageless, reptilian coal: how I treasured it, clutched it in my hand at night
Showed it to other awed six-year-olds, then snatched it back. I have it still.
I am older now, and keep it in a drawer: it bides its time.

 

Leona Skene

Previously published in Treasures (Scottish Book Trust, 2013)

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Poetry Map of Scotland, no 191: Saughtree

27 May

Wolf Sky

The Tay Bridge engine wheezes
to a stop pulling six-wheeled coaches
in purple-brown. Nobody gets out
or in. On the platform snow drifts
over the Roxburgh stone
at Saughtree station.
Steam vanishes.

So does the train.
I am left with hail cutting
my face. An arctic hare bounds
across the frozen fields.
Ung-unk. Pink-footed geese, slender
as sewing needles, glide
through the sky, wolf-grey.

 

Edwin Stockdale

 

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Poetry Map of Scotland, no 190: Ring of Brodgar, Orkney

25 May

Ring of Brodgar

 

No nonsense.

Just stone-cold fact.

 

Immovable.

Determined.

Down-to-earth.

 

A shrine to sweat

And planning

And sheer, bloody hard work.

 

A gathering of ancestors

Feet planted firmly on the ground

 

 

Katharine Macfarlane

 

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Poetry Map of Scotland no 189: Comrie/Muthill

24 May

Shillinghill

grass, flies, sun
and an abandoned Bedford van
drowning in bracken

even the bracken is drowning in bracken

pipits fly up from quad tracks
flicker and sing

a fat priestly ram stares
through the bars of a cattle feeder
into the green distance

no end to the flies and the grass
no end to the sun

 

Chris Powici

 

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Poetry Map of Scotland no 188: Callander

23 May

Gullipen in Winter

It is break-heart beautiful up here.

Trees are darkened,
starkened by a white backdrop.
Puddles are stilled into
thin vulnerable crackable ice.

Clouds float, cradled in blue.
Sun strobes through whitened firs.
Houses huddle, silvered by snow
and tiny-ed into fairy-tale magic.

Winged turbines wave,
leap-dance like grounded geese.
The dog slithers, slips.
Snow spouts from his scrambling paws.

It is break-heart beautiful up here

Only footprints
show signs of others.
I use them
in a Wenceslas descent

back to greyness.

 

Jean Thewlis

 

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