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Niddrie by Claire Askew

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Title: Niddrie
Author: Claire Askew
Number: 26/100
Allocated postcode: EH16

Niddrie

A shock of scrubland in between slums:
a shudder in the workings, and in the dark
the car gives out a high, thin keen.

Ice clings hard to the few cars parked
or chocked in the choke of grass —
some without wheels, without windscreens.

I can smell the slats of card
and chipboard, scorched and rotting
in the damp of drying greens.

Ken whit? you say, as the car ebbs
and coughs: Ken whit? Here’s where
they filmed yon Trainspottin scene.

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  1. […] No. 24: Edinburgh Haiku by Alan Gay No. 25: First Aid in the Botanic Gardens by Alan Gay No. 26: Niddrie by Claire Askew No. 27: The Number 31 bus taken from Lasswade by Nicholas Goodrick No. 28: Animal Haven by Juliet M […]

  2. Love, love, love the rhyme scheme. Didn’t catch it until the third stanza. Very good!

  3. […] No. 24: Edinburgh Haiku by Alan Gay No. 25: First Aid in the Botanic Gardens by Alan Gay No. 26: Niddrie by Claire Askew No. 27: The Number 31 bus taken from Lasswade by Nicholas Goodrick No. 28: Animal Haven by Juliet M […]

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