Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 187: Lendalfoot

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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