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fbharjo commented on the word hogmanay
literally new year's gift
September 20, 2009
bilby commented on the word hogmanay
Hogmanay, Invernessyears march toward the gunfirefalling soldier-like into their gravesI survive, for nowbless me with mist and an emerald castlea Flora MacDonald as stout in clutching night as she is by daylightand there's piddling little of thatcathedral bells howl louder than dogsboth midnight curs andterrified of wanton starburstscars grow frosticleswindows flutter open for happy new year street-perving2008 is born in Scotland as anywhereswift-flowing Ness falters notfor wavering drunks on bridgefor tide, for fate, for mewhen silence dawns I'll be gonewhen silence reigns I'll be dust or mud on mallard-feetwhen piper calls my tune I will returnaye bonnie Scotlandcraig and ben, cairn and seagull-tipped skerrycries again, and I hear
January 1, 2008