poemof the moment
We give you our deepest dearest wish to govern well, don't say we have no mandate to be so bold.
about the poem
In 2004, the then National Poet of Scotland Edwin Morgan was asked to write a poem to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament in its new building. A message to the nation's politician from the electorate, the poem is funny, admonitory, demanding, but above all, hopeful
Image: 2008.10.13 - Every vote counts by Adrian Clark, under a Creative Commons licence
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We've been living with this General Election campaign for at least the past month. Given how the polling day arithmetic is adding up, it looks like it won't be over even after Thursday, when talks over forming a coalition government will begin. Time then for a reading of Edwin Morgan's 'For the Opening of the Scottish Parliament, 9 October 2004', a charm against cynicism and feeling jaded.
Born Glasgow, Edwin Morgan lived there all his life, except for service with the RAMC, and his poetry is grounded in the city. Yet the title of his 1973 collection, From Glasgow to Saturn, suggests the enormous range of Morgan's subject matter. He was Glasgow's first Poet Laureate 1999-2002, and the first to hold the post of 'Scots Makar', created by the Scottish Executive in 2004 to recognise the achievement of Scottish poets throughout the centuries.