Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 151: Berwickshire

Anger My Heart/Hunger Me Oot

Anger My Heart and Hunger Me Oot.
A dozen basalt pillars and a lazy meadow:
rye grass
and hedgewort
allowing me to starve
as they grow, grass choking grass, drenched in pollen,
beside a weil in the Whiteadder.

Anger my heart and keep me hungry.
The grass blazing with seed heads,
burning to the pit of me;
keeping my core empty.

Fire turning into stone.
A solid, hard hunger.


Leonie Dunlop

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