Image by Caroline Forbes

XXI The World

Leaving, pull sulky feet like lollipops
from the forty lochans, the forty-one skies.
Taffy they are in the rich blue
for which triptych brushes are poked under cloud.
A crowd of marsh-leaves shake their streaked tongues.

Nortlaand - more numerous than ewes,
than ganglion roads in a thousand voes.
Neither Swinister nor Eshaness nor Crying Taing
must take the brunt of my love.

No I won't forget the gate but tie it loosely,
a ply wing
to thud my sternum when the wind is up.


‘XXI The World’ from Almanacs (Bloodaxe, 2005),(c) Jen Hadfield 2005, used by permission of the author and the publisher

Recordings

Jen Hadfield Reading from Her Poems

1Nigh-No-Place

2Lucky Seven

3The Blokes and Beasties

4This is Us Saint's Day

5Prenatal Polar Bear

6Chatter

7Kodachrome

8The Mandolin of May

9Thou Shalt Want Want Want

10Still Life with Longjohns

11Paternoster

12Ladies and Gentlemen This is a Horse as Magritte Might Paint Him

13Burra Moonwalk

14Twelve Boreal Lyrics

15Thrimlice-Isbister

16Our Lady of Isbister

17"Aa"

18Love's Dog

19Self-Portrait as a Fortune-Telling Miracle Fish

20Ten-minute break haiku

21Daed-traa

22Stumba 23Bridge End October

24GIsh

25Blashey-wadder

26Glid 27Summer Migrants 28Hedgehog Hamnavoe

29Some Fool Moon Voices

30XXI The World

31Dog-Days

32Orchid Dog

33Hey Hey Mr Blue

34Ghosty's Almanac

35Melodeon on the Road Home

36M74 Glasgow to Carlisle

37Fructidor/September

38Hooymaand/Hay Month/July

39Trespass/Saturnalia

40Lida Aerra/Joytime/June

41Hen Pheasant

42Unfledging

43Odysseus and the Sou'wester

44The Wren

45Burra Grace

46No snow fell on Eden

47First poem for Owl and Sophie

48In the Same Way

49Cabbage

50Iamb

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