Roderick Manson: Two poems

Max
i.m. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Bear witness
to an Orkney death
with a sun that never sets;

follow
the island lines
of his landscapes

and never be content
with silence.

Loch Uidh na Ceardaidh

On the not-the-Fionn-Loch
a stream disgorges ripples
on a cliché-stilled pond –

except,
there is no stream,

only a laid-back torpedo-glide,
with a ridge-straight tail
and lochan-dark eyes,
speaking otter
to the gobbling shore.

Copyright © Roderick Manson 2016

“Max” was written in The Tinsmith pub in Dundee during a Hotchpotch open mic night as news of the composer’s death trailed in text across a silent TV screen.  “Loch Uidh na Ceardaidh” was written near the eponymous loch just after dawn on Easter Friday on the path from Inverkirkaig to Suilven.  Roderick Manson lives in Blairgowrie.  He writes poems there too.

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