Poetry Map

We all know poems about Scotland but can the shape and nature of Scotland be drawn entirely in poetry? StAnza has set itself the challenge to see if this is the case. Find out more about the project and how to submit your poem by clicking here, or browse the poems using the map. Latest poems are listed below.

Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 201: Peebles

Tuesday 8 September 2015, 13:54

Keep

Poem

Mhairi Owens

Published in Glasgow Review of Books

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 200: Drummore, Wigtownshire

Sunday 6 September 2015, 10:12

Flight arrivals

From Greenland:
six wheatear, in transit for winter sun.
Chasing, and flitting from stone to stone
they perch, unwary, flash bright white rumps.

From Iceland:
three flocks of white wagtail, delayed by fog.
Skimming the rotting seaweed heaps
they refuel on hoppers, spiders, flies.

From Lapland:
one godwit, caught in a restless crowd.
Probing soft mud at the water’s edge
it mingles with curlews, plovers, gulls.

From Canada
eight brent geese, home to familiar shores.
Touching down onto gentle waves,
splashing, they preen and bathe, then rest.

 

Barbara Mearns

Published in Southlight 15 (Spring 2014)

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 199: Benbecula

Saturday 5 September 2015, 16:04

The Birds Dream of Uist

Oh the birds dream of Uist as they fly, as they fly
Uist of the singing lochs
Uist of the shorelines
The birds dream of Uist as they fly

It pulls them in the wind
It is the heart of the wind
It does not mind, does not mention
All the ground work, the vigilance
The pecking
It seals the lock in the air that
Keeps the flock exposed
Keeps it flying over shelter, further on
For the rest and the water at the end
Will be home

Head there
Finish there
Rest there
Nest there

Oh the birds dream of Uist as they fly, as they fly
Uist of the singing lochs
Uist of the shorelines
The birds dream of Uist as they fly.

 

Catherine Eunson

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 198: North Ronaldsay, Orkney

Friday 4 September 2015, 16:23

North Ronaldsay, Orkney

The island is a great floating meadow
a meadow with sheens of lapwings and flickering skylarks

daisies spilling pearls on grass
and in the grass curlews with scythes for beaks

marsh marigolds and dandelions coining the fields with gold
and gold dust lichen on the Old Kirk roof

the wind puts its mouth to the stone dyke and cries
and crying an oystercatcher lifts in alarm.

They needed a shelter from that great weight of sky
a sky so heavy they paved the roofs to keep it out

slack water and a good moon and they’d be away
away over to Sanday for a dance

“Don’t come back too soon” knowing the racing tide
the race that could dance them away for ever

so many lost in the war, the island merely a memory
yet the memorial clutches only one name to its heart

others left lightly, work unfinished, “just slipping out for a minute”
and minutes became hours and years and exile

leaving things that might come in useful in sheds
sheddings of old stuff – batteries, wheels, an engine’s bones.

The Atlantic unpicks its seams, fraying foam against rocks
sandstone rocks slabbed up like bales of cloth

black rocks on white sand are seals
seals moaning as women moan for the dead

a spirit opens the door to the wind
and the wind draws the curtain for the last time.

 

Mary Robinson
From The Art of Gardening (Flambard 2010)

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 197: Stac Pollaidh

Thursday 3 September 2015, 16:22

stac polly

wester ross
a still april evening

in perfect visibility
i observed the four compass points

no littered streets or lampposts here
no graffiti tattooed walls
no chimney pots or tower blocks

the only blocks that towered here
were sandstone
home to hawk and eagle
carved by the chisel of nature
in acres of sky

bereavement
had drawn me like a magnet
five hundred miles from home
just long enough to stand in leave-taking
and place on the cairn
a stone

 

Cliff Wedgbury

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 196: St Monans

Wednesday 2 September 2015, 16:21

St Monans

A broken jawline
of staggered stones
speechless
before the archaeology
of wind and wave

Here lie the bones
of St Monans
the sandworms scroll
in their coiled
calligraphy

A monastery
of marigolds shelter
the shell-capped sage
from the ruins of memory
and disconsolate sea

 

John Brewster
published in Fringe of Gold edited by Tom Hubbard and Duncan Glen

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