Monday, 11 October 2010

INHT poetry corner...

The view across Loch Indaal from the Natural History Centre in Port Charlotte on a truly beautiful day. It brings to mind one of my favourite poems!

Scotland by Alastair Reid

It was a day peculiar to this piece of the planet,
when larks rose on long thin strings of singing
and the air shifted with the shimmer of actual angels.
Greenness entered the body. The grasses
shivered with presences, and sunlight
stayed like a halo on hair and heather and hills.
Walking into town, I saw, in a radiant raincoat,
the woman from the fish-shop. 'What a day it is!'
cried I, like a sunstruck madman.
And what did she have to say for it?
Her brow grew bleak, her ancestors raged in their graves
and she spoke with their ancient misery:
'We'll pay for it, we'll pay for it, we'll pay for it.'

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