The Solitaries

The Solitaries
The merry badger keeps his way 
Nocturnally,
And I go merry to my play
Even as he.

Minding our own business
Tending our own,
We are no more than this.
Leave us alone. 
Olive Fraser

First published in The Pure Account (Aberdeen University Press, 1981), and included in The Wrong Music (Canongate, 1989).

Reproduced by permission of the Estate of Olive Fraser
Olive Fraser

Olive Fraser was born in Aberdeen, and died in the same city sixty-eight years later, the early promise of her life and work having been sadly blighted by illness of both mind and body, her poetry little published and remaining uncollected until after her death.

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