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

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1Nigh-No-Place

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2Lucky Seven

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3The Blokes and Beasties

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4This is Us Saint's Day

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5Prenatal Polar Bear

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6Chatter

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7Kodachrome

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8The Mandolin of May

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9Thou Shalt Want Want Want

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10Still Life with Longjohns

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11Paternoster

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

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13Burra Moonwalk

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14Twelve Boreal Lyrics

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15Thrimlice-Isbister

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16Our Lady of Isbister

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17"Aa"

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18Love's Dog

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19Self-Portrait as a Fortune-Telling Miracle Fish

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20Ten-minute break haiku

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21Daed-traa

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22Stumba

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23Bridge End October

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24GIsh

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25Blashey-wadder

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26Glid

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27Summer Migrants

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28Hedgehog Hamnavoe

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29Some Fool Moon Voices

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30XXI The World

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31Dog-Days

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32Orchid Dog

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33Hey Hey Mr Blue

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34Ghosty's Almanac

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35Melodeon on the Road Home

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36M74 Glasgow to Carlisle

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37Fructidor/September

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38Hooymaand/Hay Month/July

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39Trespass/Saturnalia

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40Lida Aerra/Joytime/June

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41Hen Pheasant

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42Unfledging

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43Odysseus and the Sou'wester

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44The Wren

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45Burra Grace

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46No snow fell on Eden

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47First poem for Owl and Sophie

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48In the Same Way

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49Cabbage

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50Iamb

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