elegy for a wild card

(under Creag Leacach)


crushed hare

flattened    comic hare

battened under snow

trodden under    hare as tread

                     hare as pattern

                     shattered skull

                     a jigsaw puzzle

                     of bones



but best-dressed

in long furred mitts of paws

in mashed grey soil

colour of hare


knee joint

out of frame in bas-relief

the working hinge

of your dismantled

                     lang shanks

                     your named




                     out of joint

                     you’re disassembled

                     a flat-pack cartoonist

                     wild card



from Uncommon Place, Shearsman 2019