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in collection, The Last King of Fife, 2005,

HappenStance ISBN 0 9550280 2 7


In the Mort House


On calm nights when the sky

slips down to drape the land in black,

behind the Mort House shutters

in an outer room the widower

keeps watch; and heat from two fires

cannot stop his shivering.  Beyond

the lath-and-plaster white partition

those grim sisters, time and sweet

decay work on relentlessly

to beat the body snatchers

at their game.


His ears alone can hear

the resurrection men steal out

from earth’s dark folds,

boots scraping sparks,

spades finding stone,

then earth, then flesh

wrapped bone.



Eleanor Livingstone



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poetry favourites:
Scottish Poetry Library
St Mungo's Mirrorball

and in the shop ...
collection -
"Even the Sea",
Red Squirrel Press

pamhlet collection -
"A Sampler",

as editor -
"Skein of Gees",
The Shed Press;

Stravaigers Press


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