Finola Scott writes in Scots and English. In 2018 she won the Uist poetry Competition, was a winner of the Blue Nib Chapbook competition, the winner of the Dundee Law Competition and runner up in Coast to Coast's pamphlet competition. Her poetry is widely published, appearing in The Ofi Press, Ink Sweat & Tears, Gutter and Firth ,as well as many other magazines and anthologies. Red Squirrel Press will publish a pamphlet of her poems in the autumn 2019.
'The younger the bird, the farther south they go.' John Audubon's Birds
Damsel-flies dimple the brackish lochan nestled deep in the machair. Caw-car-cac-caruh ripples the air, pulls the heart. Plaintive warnings to youngsters Beware. These slim frolickers learn quickly, are ignorant of parents' swooping courtships, of low love-notes, curved necks or crimson flashes. All they hear is the vigilance that haunts their days. Watch Out Be safe Don't . They welcome winter's shiver, stealthy dusks that set them loose to fly star-mapping. Sensing time's tang, they flex-lift out and off down past mountain, clachan, loch and strath South South Till those north needs tug them echo echo Home.
First published in Am Paipear