Category Archives: Poetry

Rain!

Most of the garden seems to have been in suspended animation lately.I’ve been looking at the rhubarb for a month, saying “Another week will do it!” with no result. On the other hand, the primroses are thickening up nicely, and the whole spring border seems to have made a step forward.But everything was getting very… Read More »

Birds Were Singing in the Dawn

Cold Winter Blues I woke up this morning,cold winter blues all round my head.Woke up this morning,cold winter blues all round my head.If you don’t leave me woman,I’ll make you wish that you were dead. I woke up this morningsnow was lying all around.Woke up this morning,snow was lying all around.Until the ice is meltedthere… Read More »

Huldra-Folk

The word ‘huldra’ means hidden, or cloaked, and the huldra-folk of Scandinavian mythology are the elves or trolls which live in the quiet places on the fells or in the forests. There are roads in Iceland which bend to avoid elf-rocks.Once upon a time I wrote a novel in which a charismatic but ruthless poet… Read More »

Shreds and Patches

My head is full of the random wispy ends of things I’ve been doing lately, places I’ve been, people I’ve met, books I’ve dipped into. Thus: By Leaves We Live – the Scottish Poetry Library’s Bookfair, which features some of the most beautiful independent publications you are likely to see anywhere. I met several friends,… Read More »