Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 197: Stac Pollaidh

stac polly

wester ross
a still april evening

in perfect visibility
i observed the four compass points

no littered streets or lampposts here
no graffiti tattooed walls
no chimney pots or tower blocks

the only blocks that towered here
were sandstone
home to hawk and eagle
carved by the chisel of nature
in acres of sky

bereavement
had drawn me like a magnet
five hundred miles from home
just long enough to stand in leave-taking
and place on the cairn
a stone

 

Cliff Wedgbury

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