Poetry Map of Scotland: poem no. 401

Normal Service Is Resumed
(12th June 2020)

MacCallum’s fishing boat is out again
trawling Ayr Bay
for the Catch of the Day
to be chalked on the board
in the Wee Hurrie takeaway,
which last Thursday re-opened its door
against the prevailing conditions
of Covid-19 and a strong sou’wester,
and if anyone knows about the patience of queueing
it is the customers of the Wee Hurrie,
who come from all over West Scotland
to queue for their suppers
fried fresh to order. 

HADDOCK and COD
WHITING and HAKE
SALMON, SEA BASS
MONKFISH and SOLE
FRITTO MISTO and CHIPS 

For twenty, thirty, forty minutes
they stand in a socially-distanced line
from the door, on pairs of yellow feet
painted on the concrete,
past the Oyster Bar
along the harbour that’s packing in braces
of furloughed fishing boats
patrolled by Grey Seals
with their dog-like faces,
who eye the daily queue then
disappear, arcing a sleek dark back
into dependable waters,
and pop up next to the ice factory,
the RNLI Trent-class lifeboat,
or in a corner of nestling trawlers -
to the delight of folk
who’ve been waiting so long
for their favourite fish suppers. 

Beag Horn

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