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Same place, different view by Anna Dickie

In 100 Poems, poetry on March 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Title: Same place, different view
Author: Anna Dickie
Number: 98/100
Allocated postcode: EH41

Same place, different view

We stand on a narrow strip
of beach and watch a wild day
ebb on a menacing tide.

At our feet cut-throat clams
and strops of slack, slippery
kelp litter the sand.

Across the bay the square bulk
of Cockenzie Power Station
squats before Edinburgh.

Twin stacks belch tarry trails,
and a dragon’s tail
of pylons flexes ever west.

Offshore winter waders huddle,
while a skein of geese unzips
pink-layered folds of sky.

I call the dogs and we turn
for home as night pours
from every rock and crag.

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