Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 165: Southern Upland Way

reivers

along the ribbon of heather strewn
gorge,gorse-edged
they travelled wind
whipping hard, dirty matted skelps
hair lashed cold mens’cheeks

hard they had worked that night
Armstrong’s fields cleared of stirks, tups
ewes- all taken;
penned roughly in cairns high
on ridges by Moniaive

now, up
by the ruined kirk
the Southern Upland Way,
we, twenty first
century travellers
halt; our cold cheeks
hailstung, windwhipped
remembering Reivers

 

Carolyn Richardson

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