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. 190: Ring of Brodgar, Orkney

Monday 25 May 2015, 17:44

Ring of Brodgar

 

No nonsense.

Just stone-cold fact.

 

Immovable.

Determined.

Down-to-earth.

 

A shrine to sweat

And planning

And sheer, bloody hard work.

 

A gathering of ancestors

Feet planted firmly on the ground

 

 

Katharine Macfarlane

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 189: Comrie/Muthill

Sunday 24 May 2015, 09:43

Shillinghill

grass, flies, sun
and an abandoned Bedford van
drowning in bracken

even the bracken is drowning in bracken

pipits fly up from quad tracks
flicker and sing

a fat priestly ram stares
through the bars of a cattle feeder
into the green distance

no end to the flies and the grass
no end to the sun

 

Chris Powici

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 188: Callander

Saturday 23 May 2015, 16:36

Gullipen in Winter

It is break-heart beautiful up here.

Trees are darkened,
starkened by a white backdrop.
Puddles are stilled into
thin vulnerable crackable ice.

Clouds float, cradled in blue.
Sun strobes through whitened firs.
Houses huddle, silvered by snow
and tiny-ed into fairy-tale magic.

Winged turbines wave,
leap-dance like grounded geese.
The dog slithers, slips.
Snow spouts from his scrambling paws.

It is break-heart beautiful up here

Only footprints
show signs of others.
I use them
in a Wenceslas descent

back to greyness.

 

Jean Thewlis

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 187: Lendalfoot

Saturday 23 May 2015, 09:39

Shooglin Sheep

Shiny wet mud
flecks their blood-daubed arses:
ruddled hin-ends
o wool-heavy sheep
which
bobble as they hirple
doun the culvert,
ower stubbly grass
tae slurp
fae the gurgling
babby burn,
pasterns and muzzles
drookit,
dew claws damp
wi the
clear, cauld watter.
The hale scene
shooglin aboot
like a dishevelled hippy.

 

Brian Carlin

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 186: Lismore

Friday 22 May 2015, 16:25

Belonging

From a rich soil of respect, understanding and honesty
With the freedom of the wind to be as we are
Our love is vast, like the moorlands of heather
Like the mists on the Highlands, it cannot be contained
The chains on the fisherman’s trawler
Don’t compare to the strength of our bond
When the storms of life come, as indeed they will
We won’t face these alone, but will be safe together,
Like the boats behind the old harbour walls at Anstruther,
Protected in the arms of our Creator

Belonging with another is not mere chance
It has, at its heart, God’s design
A marriage is the product of reason and choice
Like the weaver at his tweed
Selecting lasting wools
Like the shuttle and the loom
We simply work together
If our heart finds contentment
In the bustle of Auld Reekie
Or our souls are only stilled
By the tranquility on Lismore
Where we are loved and understood that is home
When you find the warmth of a hearth
In the heart of another
There you belong

 

Ruthanne Baxter

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 185: Lewis

Thursday 21 May 2015, 16:17

Lament of a Lewis Chessman

Please spare a thought for us. Our island home
is hidden from each rainbow and its cloud,
but weather-bearers thunder in a game
of chance and skill. Now, be it understood,

these clashes rarely cause alarm. We feel
a sense of isolation in this spot:
our monarchs long to join the rank and file
of elemental rulers. Here we sit

as seasons change, year after year; but note,
we will not fester in an early grave.
The time has come to dream up squares of white
and red, create a land of make-believe.

Berserkers chew their shields while headless pawns
parade as monolithic slabs of stone.
Our pensive queens appear in formal gowns,
while rabbits burrow deep inside the dune

to this forgotten citadel. Proud kings
display their might with strategy and sword.
Let war commence: we belt out battle songs,
prepare for action. Giant people guard

a second universe, where breakers lash
against our walls: we’re cut off from their realm.
Two Nordic knights on chargers start to rush
with spear in hand, then all is deathly calm.

Heroic warders take a well-earned rest:
they banish insects from their pitted skin.
Our sandbank shakes: the tide is turning fast.
Checkmate; but will we see the light again?

Caroline Gill

First published in 'The Holy Place' by John Dotson and Caroline Gill. The Holy Place was published by The Seventh Quarry (Swansea, 2012) in conjunction with Cross-Cultural Communications (New York).

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