Jeda Pearl is a Scottish writer and poet. In 2019, she was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and was shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Bridge Awards. She’s a member of the Writers of Colour Group at the Scottish Poetry Library, committee member of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and contributing editor for The Selkie. Jeda’s short fiction has been shortlisted for the Cambridge Prize, Momaya Press, Yellow Room and Words with Jam awards and her poems and short stories appear in anthologies published by TSS Publishing, Tapsalteerie and Shoreline of Infinity. Find her online @jedapearl or jedapearl.com.
Lashed to this Unseelie Court, since 1655
You fortify yourself when you see it that knowing look in their jellied squid-eyes Where to place you among the condiments in their spice cupboard, a collectable figurine Weather in your eyes turns dreich. Haar, they notice not. Lay your accent on, in muckle, drop-scone dollops. Pointless. Ancestors roar, invisible, behind your lips Nah dis time, say the duppies. Pull up dem saggy shoulders gyal. Dey nah know yuh! Anchor dem feet dere so. De Scots run in yuh veins, way back Don’t divulge your mother-father-mother-father-mother- -father-mother-father-mother-father-mother- for them tae filch again.
From Ceremony (Tapsalteerie, 2019)