Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 20: North Berwick Law

 North Berwick Law

Climbing the volcano’s
constipated gut, a basalt core
that still resists the everyday
seduction of the rain,
smoothing and dissolving.

Half-way up asking:
Why are we doing this?

Our feet slide on
liquorish-drop rabbit turds,
the path decays into
Featureless grass.

As if from the top
we could see our lives.

Ruth Aylett

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