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The River at Cramond by Aileen Ballantyne

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Title: The River at Cramond
Author: Aileen Ballantyne
Number: 76/100
Allocated postcode: EH4

The River at Cramond

The interest on my mortgage preys on my mind
as I gaze at the River Almond:
a town river with a purpose,
as brown as its name,
chemicals effervescing at its weir.

To the side, at a glance:
shredded ends of white plastic.

Clearer, in focus,
feathers puffed out:
a heron, drying.

Cragged head
scanning side to side.

Quiet, for minutes.
We wait.

Cartoon-book pages flick
in animated time:
great wings outstretched,
up the riverbank.

And I follow on the path-side,
searching, calculating,
dividing
by one now
not two.

I stretch out my arms
to fly with you,
tucked beneath your wing,
hoping the book
will flick open once more
at the page
where we saw the heron.

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