Archive for the ‘poem’ Category

MEETING AT THE MOBILE LIBRARY VAN

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

In your muddy coat, you stroll up from your croft;
choose two biographies.

And I’m not sure you’ll want
to look at poetry; am surprised

when the pirate behind your fiery eyes
lets me help you choose a Douglas Dunn
to add to your collection.

Quick as a dog you’re down at the loch side
showing me your veg patch,
hidden from storms inside peat stacked walls.

“Bloody deer have eaten all my greens.”

You ask if I like beetroot, tug up
two huge globes covered in mud.
Each one must weigh at least a pound.

And I’ve been waiting for this windy day
to open windows wide,

chopping the beets with onions and Bramleys
adding sugar, spice, and vinegar
and slowly simmering them together.

And I’m thinking, six jars of chutney
are more than a fair exchange

for the poetry we chose for you to relish.

SHORE SEQUENCE

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

APRIL 6th

look at you
flouncing your white petticoats
onto the shore
grabbing pebbles as you dance away

APRIL 10th

sand spattered with rain
like rough paper

MAY 3rd

today the sea has left skeins
of treasure on the sand
each wave ebbs a necklace
seaweed threads, broken shells,
feathers, straw and fine peat grains

POEMS FROM IRONING WITH SUE LAWLEY

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

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EXTRACTS FROM NORTH UIST SEA POEMS

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

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POEM FROM DISAPPEARING OUT

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

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