At the Back o Bennachie


” O it’s a very weel whaur the Gadie rins

at the back o Bennachie”   (Scottish Folk Song)

Half way up,

under a bonny-berried rowan tree

that scares away the  witches

I came across the skeleton of a deer,

purple heather and green fern

poking through its weather-bleached  ribcage,

and it put me in mind

of one of Norman MacCaig’s wee poems

– “So Many Summers” –

so when I got home

I looked it up

but it wasn’t it at all,

no, the poem I had in mind

was this one.

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