Reeds, snake-like, coiled in the mistWhere the low fog drives:The muddy cough of the stream that strivesTo free its throat from the clot of reed,As they fight it out the water and the weed—While the fog, above, takes turn and twist:Men, these are your lives! Wild Geese across the moon:As some hand that unrollsAnd scratches […]
Love, forget me when I’m gone,When the tree is overthrown,Let its place be digg’d and sownO’er with grass ;—when that is grown,The very place shall be unknown,So court I oblivion.So I charge thee, by our love,Love, forget me when I’m gone. Love of him that lies in clayOnly maketh life forlorn—Clouding o’er the new-born dayWith […]
Ower the hills by Lauderdale
/ The road swings lang and free;
/ And, eastart by Pencaitland,
/ It brings ye to the sea;
/ By Dalkeith and…
Time, why are you going so fast?
/ I like not furious paces.
/ Milestones glimmer and then are past,
As time draws near
/ the end of our days
/ and the plates fall
/ away from our knees,
/ let us not be…
Nuair a bhios mi air leabaidh a’ bhàis,
/ b’ fheàrr leam gun rachadh agam air a ràdh
/ gun do chosg a’bheatha gu…
i. You’re at the postscript stage,* I read.
Will it give me six months warning
/ Or come when least expected?
/ Will I trip over it one morning
/ And find…
A croon, a harp, a bonnie sang,
/ Wi’ naething tae dee but tak’ wir ease,
/ An’ still-an’-on we’re loath tae gyang –…
San Departure Lounge airson
/ Barraigh ‘s Beinn a’ Bhaghla,
/ Cailleach thapaidh leatha fhèin a’ feitheamh
/ Ris an èigh dheireannaich
/ Agus guth gu h-àrd ag…
Sixteen teeth, set
/ in a lurid, iron smile.
/ Chained to the earth, anchored
/ into black soil, nonetheless
/ its everyday, simple grin sustains itself.
/ Its mouth…
Like tweed like pearls
/ like fire like wood
/ like loss like Listen with Mother with me
/ Like prayer like water
/ like a Scots laird’s…