Poetry Blog by Stuart A. Paterson
Here's a poem about two very different but inextricable subjects.
I'm sure it's raining on Blabheinn,
that's there's harsh smirr in Hallistra,
low cloud hanging wet & heavy
like kelp over Greshornish
& that the hardy women of Roag
are bowing happed heads
against winter already.
In Dumfries, where there are
500 indigenous English
language words for dreich,
I dream of the turqu...
Sunday 8th November 2015 8:48 pm
LIFE & DEATH IN A NORTHERN CLIMATE
It's all downhill from the Aultnamain Inn
on a Friday afternoon in 1995,
the Dornoch Firth a sluggish curclicue
lazing under snow-shaved braes,
a sky of purest Highland winter blue.
A wind with gold-capped teeth
snaps at my face as down the hill
I slalom into Edderton, awash with
dodgy 12 year-old Auchenlosh,
Sunday 8th November 2015 8:40 pm
HIGH TIDE AT SANDYHILLS
That night, when everything was full,
The moon, the flaring bay & me,
Everything was possible, beautiful.
I could have swum to St. Bee’s
In minutes, made for Maryport,
Washed myself up in England
Casually before the pubs shut,
Tide-bright & thirsty on the strand.
As it was, I floated a mere hundred yards
On gentle waves to a stake-net pole,
Driftwood on a fluid mirror of stars,
Sunday 9th March 2014 7:28 pm
Another poem about Sandyhills & another of the old & interesting places you can find round these parts. We call it Barnhourie Hall but that's probably not its name. It's hidden in ferns at the back of a golf course & is obviously pretty old & been deserted for centuries. Ideal for late night fires then.
FIRE AFTER MIDNIGHT
for Tony Barbour
Long after midnight, we stride through
Wet ferns & ch...
Sunday 9th March 2014 7:21 pm
Another wee blast of grim northern verse from my Highland stravaigings early in 2013. Crianlarich is the railway station/stop where the train from Glasgow splits, half to Oban, half to Mallaig, or rejoins on the way south from both. It's surrounded by fantastic scenery & the temperature always seems to be -2C.
At Crianlarich where the great winds roared,
Hyphens of rai...
Thursday 16th January 2014 12:52 pm
Elegy For Someone Else’s Sister
Grief's speed travels fast nowadays on lines
through the air, the ground, the shrunken sky.
A moment explodes like an atom parsed
by words sparked immediate electrically.
Her name's my love's name, her loss but a little
forwewarning, a ripple that's gone before long,
an echo best freed for the airways, her name
a chorus in somebody else's song
this time. Your news is almost ...
Thursday 16th January 2014 11:33 am
This is my first real visit to Write Out Loud in some time. Much has changed in the past 2-3 years. I returned to rural Scotland over a year ago after jettisoning a career in social care, began writing again with seriousness for the first time in a while, have had to re-evaluate much so I didn't lose all. Here's the first of a few poems I'll be posting over the coming weeks. As usual, any feedback...
Wednesday 15th January 2014 3:17 pm
North Manchester, a night sliced wide
By rain for poor folk, wet like oil,
Dark as soot. Behind the bins a fox
Is chattering horribly & madly at itself,
Alarms howl in & out, sirens
Dot the borders of my hearing, wearily.
Shaun prowls the corridors like something
From The Shining, Malcolm
Saturday 28th February 2009 11:34 pm
'UNQUIET SLUMBERS FOR THE SLEEPERS'
"...and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth."
(Emily Bronte, 'Wuthering Heights')
Night vibrates to the far-near saw & hum
of motorway & airport, now & then
Saturday 28th February 2009 11:32 pm
See what can happen?
THE BEST LAID PLANS O’ MEN AND TULPAS
Now here’s a tale, of men and mice
(Though which is which I leave to you)
Whose aliases must suffice
(And sadly must their motives too).
It happened one cold winter’s night
When snow lay thick upon the hills,
When Spain is hot and Scotland’s white
And all is quiet around the stills.
Saturday 9th August 2008 3:00 pm
I did promise. And I'm a man of my words.
The house is not a home that lies bereft
of care or love when love and care have left.
Best lock the door, but leave the key behind
for others less bereft of heart to find.
Bright echoes fade into the toneless drone
of self-perpetuation. No-one's home,
that's clear, though lights shine hopefully behind
dull windows curtained c...
Saturday 9th August 2008 2:36 pm
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