Loch an Iomair’s my treasure, cradled in sphagnum /high in the hills between arms of rock / with lobelia pricking…
Sphagnum moss remembers. It recalls
/ the touchdown of each lark that tumbles
/ down upon its surface, the slightness of that weight
‘Necessity is not the mother of invention; play is.’
/ Ian D. Suttie
/ It gets late early out here
/ in the lacklustre places,
/ wind in…
Here lay a fair fat land;
/ But now its townships, kirks, graveyards
/ Beneath bald hills of sand
Stone and rock
/ Boulder and pebble,
/ Water and stone,
/ Heather and stone,
/ Heather and water
/ And the bog cotton that is not for weaving.
/ Peats uncut
for Ginny Duncan
/ The paddy fields stretch beyond the horizon.
/ Where water glitters, palm trees dance.
/ Where egrets and herons flap after fish,
we have to go call a taxi
/ the light be the store isn’t working
/ the night is black
/ the moon is dark tonight
Summer climbs the mountains.
/ Flowers overcolour and blanch.
/ Men leave the sun and sit,
/ tree-tented, by the cold creek.
/ Horses bray, each apart
/ in the…
frae this heich haugh
/ see yon wee howe
/ whaur caller watters rin,
/ aa skinklin threids…
We set out on our horses, and the small birds of dawn were with us.
/ We return to the tethering-lines with…
Dusk, and the mangroves
/ of clouds, which sit low
/ into reverie; Chinese dragons
/ mating or big woman riding
/ chariot, clouds thicker than…