I like a mouseWhen he’s not in my house,And a ratWhen he goes nibble, nibble, like that.I like a mole; he’s a kind little soul,And a stoatWith a smudge like snow on his throat.I like a shrewWith his nose in the dew,And a hare,For he leaps and runs everywhere;I like a foxWith his little white […]
About ane bank, where birds on bewis
/ Ten thousand times their notis renewis
/ Ilk hour into the day,
I am waiting for you.
/ I have been travelling all morning through the bush
/ and not eaten.
/ I am lying at the edge…
You want to be a fat cat, want to do the deals?
/ Fix the odds, pull the birds, eat expensive meals
Eident indwaller o that wilderness
/ Reddin and guidin it fir your domain:
/ Smaa pioneer,…
Today I saw a wildcat. Up the brae,
/ you’d think, in Landseer-painted, gloaming glen
/ or on some moor where tweeded gentlemen
You want to look on the lea-side
/ in winter, the swamp thickening
/ like the uterine wall,
/ popping its puffballs
/ and creaming its butterwort,
/ folding in…
/ her nose to the ground,
/ a rusty shadow
/ neither hunting nor playing.
/ One stood; sat; lay down; stood again.
/ One never moved,
/ except to…
The merry badger keeps his way
/ And I go merry to my play
/ Even as he.
/ Minding our own business
/ Tending our own,
The grey roots circle thee, who never knew
/ At any hour within thy travels lone
/ A human shape but mine. Thou com’st…
/ Flee awa’ hame,
/ Your lum’s in a lowe,
/ Your bairns in…
/ on our journey home,
/ we saw
/ a buzzard
/ making a kill
/ on the roadside verge.
/ It glided across
/ our windscreen
/ and hunkered down
/ on something –
/ we couldn’t see