National Poetry Day – Scotland Small?

Flanders Moss Sundew Drosera rotundifolia 6-26-13 Edwards

Flanders Moss Cross leaved heath and Cotton Grass seed 6-26-13 Edwards

Peggy Edwards, a great supporter of the blog suggested this for National Poetry Day (great photos all by Peggy):

‘Scotland small?’ by Hugh MacDiarmid

Scotland small? Our multiform, our infinite Scotland small?

Only as a patch of hillside may be a cliché corner

To a fool who cries ‘Nothing but heather!’ where in September another

Sitting there and resting and gazing around

Sees not only the heather but blaeberries

With bright green leaves and leaves already turned scarlet,

Hiding ripe blue berries; and amongst the sage-green leaves

Of the bog-myrtle the golden flowers of the tormentil shining;

And on the small bare places, where the little Blackface sheep

Found grazing, milkworts blue as summer skies;

And down in neglected peat-hags, not worked

Within living memory, sphagnum moss in pastel shades

Of yellow, green, and pink; sundew and butterwort

Waiting with wide-open sticky leaves for their tiny winged prey;

And nodding harebells vying in their colour

With the blue butterflies that poise themselves delicately upon them;

And stunted rowans with harsh dry leaves of glorious colour.

‘Nothing but heather!’ ̶  How marvellously descriptive! And incomplete!

Flanders Moss Sphagnum 8-9-10 Edwards 01

 

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