Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 272: Renfrewshire

Benediction 
 
From Caplaw Dam –
Old Patrick Water 
 
ravens down the Braes.
Brakes in sodden meadows
 
by Leitchland Farm
then stumbles onwards.
 
Pushing wooden wheels
in the dream world
 
where carpet factory thrived and
slab boys became old hands.
 
Slides under the road away 
from Stoddards and skirts
 
green reedy pond. Rushes 
loudly now. A plastic pail
 
slaloms as I watch and then
wings off along a touch-line.
 
Hurdles the sticks through 
secret tree-lined tunnels, 
 
plashing ritual drops of burn 
on trailing branches. And
 
then, when service ends, 
heads for the Black Cart.
 
Pete Stuart

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