Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 272: Renfrewshire

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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