Poem introduction

This is about simply being very tired. It's called 'Lochan'.

Lochan

Lochan

(For Jean Johnstone)

When all this is over I mean
to travel north, by the high

drove roads and cart tracks
probably in June,

with the gentle dog-roses
flourishing beside me. I mean

to find among the thousands
scattered in that land

a certain quiet lochan,
where water lilies rise

like small fat moons,
and tied among the reeds,

underneath a rowan,
a white boat waits.


from Jizzen (Picador, 1999), copyright © Kathleen Jamie 2002, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie Reading her own poems

1View from the Cliffs

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2The Leaving of an Island

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3Black Spiders

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4Peter the Rock

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5Julian of Norwich

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6The Way We Live

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7From The Autonomous Region

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8The Queen of Sheba

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9Child with Pillar Box and Bin Bags

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10Wee Wifey

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11Perfect Day

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12Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Dead

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13Outreach

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14Arraheids

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15Hand Relief

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16Swallows and Swifts

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17The Sea-house

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18Rooms

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19Skeins o Geese

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20From Ultrasound: Ultrasound, Thaw, Bairnsang, Prayer

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21The Tay Moses

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22Crossing the Loch

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23The Graduates

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24Mrs McKellar, her martyrdom

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25Bonaly

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26Lochan

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27Rhododendrons

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28The Well at the Broch of Gurness

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29St Bride's

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30Bolus

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31Meadowsweet

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32Pipistrelles

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33The hill-track (Frogs)

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34The Wishing Tree

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