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stanza one

Aunt Julia spoke Gaelic
very loud and very fast
I could not answer her -
I could not understand her.


stanza two

She wore men’s boots
when she wore any.
- i can see her strong foot,
stained with peat,
paddling with the treadle of the spinningwheel
while her right hand drew yarn
marvellously out of the air.


stanza three

Hers was the only house
where I’ve lain at night
in the absolute darkness
of a box bed, listening to
crickets being friendly.


stanza four

She was buckets
and water flouncing into them.
She was winds pouring welty
round house-ends.
She was brown eggs, black skirts
and a keeper of threepennybits
in a teapot


stanza five

Aunt Julia spoke Gaelic
very loud and very fast.
By the time I had learned
a little, she lay
silenced in the absolute black
of a sandy grave
at Luskentyre. But I hear her still, welcoming me
with a seagulls voice -
across a hundred yards
of peatscrapes and lazybeds
and getting angry, getting angry
with so many questions