About the poet
RON BUTLIN is a former Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate (2008-14). He has published ten volumes...
When I reach the centre of the earth
let there be someone with me.
Each of us must bear the world’s weight,
but not alone.
So when I return at last to this same hour
and this same place,
let there be someone raising even
the emptiness in their hands
from Without A Backward Glance (Barzan Publishing, 2005), © Ron Butlin 2005, used by permission of the author
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