Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 199: Benbecula

The Birds Dream of Uist

Oh the birds dream of Uist as they fly, as they fly
Uist of the singing lochs
Uist of the shorelines
The birds dream of Uist as they fly

It pulls them in the wind
It is the heart of the wind
It does not mind, does not mention
All the ground work, the vigilance
The pecking
It seals the lock in the air that
Keeps the flock exposed
Keeps it flying over shelter, further on
For the rest and the water at the end
Will be home

Head there
Finish there
Rest there
Nest there

Oh the birds dream of Uist as they fly, as they fly
Uist of the singing lochs
Uist of the shorelines
The birds dream of Uist as they fly.

 

Catherine Eunson

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