Flanders Moss NNR
Listen to Charlie reading his poem February on the Moss here:
February on the Moss
I am sat on a branch in a squat stalwart pine tree
in the boggy soak of Flanders Moss
the smell of the unawake land floats in the half still air
carried on the distant tractor burr
and the rain spits nearly frozen drops
tip tip tip tip
onto the parapluie of green above me
in the grey brown distance, its white houses not quite twinkling,
Kippen is slapped onto the wet rise of the hill
and above, the mist folds like a grey veil
parted only by a muted smear of sun
to the West, beyond the heathery tangle
and the slices of fawn grass
and the purpling leafless birch
and on and on till the unseen edge of Menteith
there is nothing
but wet beauty
from his collection Good Morning published by diehard 2011
Charlie Gracie grew up in Baillieston, Glasgow.
His work has appeared in a range of anthologies and journals, with some listed for literary prizes, including the Bath Novel Award, Cambridge Short Story Prize and Bridport Poetry Prize.
His first novel, To Live With What You Are (2019) was published by Postbox Press. His poetry collections, Good Morning, (2011) and Tales from the Dartry Mountains (2020), were published by Diehard Press.
He is the 2020 official Scriever for the Federation of Writers (Scotland), and Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.
He now lives in Thornhill, on the edge of Flanders Moss with his family.
You can learn more about Charlie’s creative work and buy his books at www.charliegracie.scot