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La Plage by Jane McKie

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Title: La Plage
Author: Jane McKie
Number: 68/100
Allocated postcode: EH15

La Plage

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.

  1. […] The Man Sleeping on Nicolson Square by Ellie Blow No. 67: Conspiracy of Buses by Jane McKie No. 68: La Plage by Jane McKie No. 69: Broughton Street by Jess Winch No. 70: The Castle by Mairi Sharratt No. 71: Lunchtime in […]

  2. Oooh yeah! That hits the mark.

  3. […] Once More Unto the Beach 22/03/2010 tags: Alastair Cook, Jane McKie by Andrew Philip Having just worked out how to embed content from Vimeo, I thought I’d post properly Alastair Cook’s beautiful video for Jane McKie’s “La Plage“: […]

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