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Edinburgh Volte-Face by Christine de Luca

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 14, 2009 at 12:23 am

Title: Edinburgh Volte-Face
Author: Christine de Luca
Number: 59/100
Allocated postcode: EH10

Edinburgh Volte-Face

City of seven hills
rivalling Rome: you are
the big sister of all cities,
forever tut-tutting.

City of venerable skylines;
each morning you un-do yourself
like someone more anxious to save
the wrapping than enjoy the gift.

City of open spaces: for you
no strollers in the forum; merely
a scurry of solicitors, vellum-faced
with long north-facing days,
and little women, worn
from cleaning other people’s stairs.

City of the great estates;
you have no outer wall,
but numerous apartheids
charitably maintained.

City of seven hills
rivalling Rome: I hold
your negative to the light,
and see your true topography.

Transformation by Christine de Luca

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 14, 2009 at 12:21 am

Title: Transformation
Author: Christine de Luca
Number: 58/100
Allocated postcode: EH1

Transformation
In response to a tapestry ‘Water Surface’ by David Cochrane, 2006-7,
Dovecote Studios (formerly the Infirmary Street Baths, Edinburgh)

On the wall, the tapestry is a dapple of ivories,
pinks, purples, shades of blue to deepest indigo;
wools blended as threads of artistry.

Close up, it is a dry weave off a frame, more harp
than loom, but from across the balcony, it is
water – spooling, transformed; a memory

of an Edinburgh student who takes the stairs
three at a time, slips into the luxury of a bath,
and a lad who jumps, illicit from the rail

into the pool, smacks the water, a cold thud,
sends it shuddering. They rise as from baptism,
cleansed, trusting their own judgement.

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