Poetry / Finola Scott


‘I should have left then continued’ and

‘More than the sum of its parts’

Issue 1. February 01, 2021

 

I SHOULD HAVE LEFT THEN CONTINUED


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As we skim clouds/ I turn

but you/ are locked in headphones.

You weigh on me/ my space/

deemed yours./ Cracks open/ and

below I see/ ragged edges of home.

Landing you grab/ your/ case.


8

Birthday – forecourt flowers/ iron.


9

Off-season/ the mill shut

the lad in the shop enthuses/ about wheat

& alchemy/ of water&weather.

I feel you/ glance/ at your watch/ roll

your eyes/

yawn


&…..15, 18 , 23








MORE THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS

                                       Jigsaw.

    Daughter brought it             She' ll have me in a home


Keep brain active       Lock down/ in/ up


Tried to start                 Had to, she'd check            Shake her head, despair

.              I try, she will ask


To fit, match                see patterns



Insert a blue piece     confident      near a cloud       Smug I glance at her

Not just randoms                      Need to grasp     the bigger picture   

                                            Metaphor  I remark


                              She doesn't answer          just sighs      points at  car

             girl's dress    Blue   Same as sky


I look outside

                    at my chink of sky        Outside

                                              Growling grumpy grey


No blues           Starlings droop in leaden air       don't bothered to murmur

Not blue enough     Saltire blue    Optimism    independence    yearnings


Blue Moons                   Corners                 

                            Edges            I straight-line my world.










Former Makar of the Federation of Writers, Finola Scott's poems are on postcards, tapestries, posters and magazines including New Writing Scotland, PB and Lighthouse. Poems earned reader's awards at I,S&T and Orbis. Red Squirrel Press publish her pamphlet Much left Unsaid. More poems are on fb Finola Scott Poems.