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A great grey neb on legs, he clasps those skinny wings be­hind a ram­rod back, leans for­ward to in­spect disor­der sniffily, a plumaged suit of mur­der­ous re­spectabil­ity jig-still amidst the ig­no­rant rush hour traf­fic of the Nith. What dis­dain, what aw­ful snob­bery, what brazen pa­tience steers his vi­sion un­til sud­denly the world be­low ex­plodes in his de­ci­sion? Gulls watch on, nod ap­pre­cia­tively, goosanders scold & scat­ter & I’m trapped & trans­fixed by the busi­ness of liv­ing, what’s al­ways com­ing at you next.

Taken from Stu­art Pater­son’s new col­lec­tion, Look­ing South, pub­lished by Indigo Dreams, priced £8.99

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