Title: La Plage
Author: Jane McKie
Allocated postcode: EH15
This is where freckled children flock to –
ice-cream white limbs, whey-eyed,
nothing will stop them bathing,
splashing, wind snatching
their raucous crow laughter and carrying it to Joppa.
The weakest ray of the sun is god,
the wilderness sand
a whole desert to cross
before sampling the Forth’s chill riches.
They will bring grapes here, pale wine
and kerchiefs of checked cloth to dine on.
They will cuddle, lark about and rubbish
quieter worship. They will relish
every last cold atom as if it were a wrecker’s fire.