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.

Recordings

Kathleen Jamie Reading her own poems

1View from the Cliffs

2The Leaving of an Island

3Black Spiders

4Peter the Rock

5Julian of Norwich

6The Way We Live

7From <i>The Autonomous Region</i>

8The Queen of Sheba

9Child with Pillar Box and Bin Bags

10Wee Wifey

11Perfect Day

12Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Dead

13Outreach

14Arraheids

15Hand Relief

16Swallows and Swifts

17The Sea-house

18Rooms

19Skeins o Geese

20From Ultrasound: Ultrasound, Thaw, Bairnsang, Prayer

21The Tay Moses

22Crossing the Loch

23The Graduates

24Mrs McKellar, her martyrdom

25Bonaly

26Lochan

27Rhododendrons

28The Well at the Broch of Gurness

29St Bride's

30Bolus

31Meadowsweet

32Pipistrelles

33The hill-track (Frogs)

34The Wishing Tree

Books by Kathleen Jamie