And the losses still to come walked ahead in their old dead boots

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - OPINION -

Scot­land’s

makar Jackie Kay has cap­tured the grief of war in a haunting new poem.

The Looks of Loss is one of six new po­ems writ­ten by our na­tional poet for a doc­u­men­tary in­spired by First World War sol­dier Arthur Roberts, who grew up in Glas­gow and fought at Ypres.

Kay said: “Any­one who has had ex­pe­ri­ence of grief knows it keeps a dif­fer­ent clock – it has a dual time and works both fast and slow.

“You can look back on some­one you have lost and think, good­ness, was it all that time ago? And yet it also seems just like yes­ter­day.

“In The Looks of Loss I wanted to con­vey that sense of grief and loss, which op­er­ates on a strange dou­ble time.”

She added: “We need to re­mem­ber those who have been for­got­ten and around this time of year, but par­tic­u­larly for the 100th an­niver­sary – peo­ple think about what they have for­got­ten.”

A Scot­tish Sol­dier: A Lost Di­ary of WWI, BBC Four to­mor­row at 10pm

Pic­ture: An­to­nia Reeve\SNWM

Stained glass by Dou­glas Stra­chan at The Scot­tish Na­tional War Me­mo­rial in Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle

Sol­dier Arthur Roberts in­spired po­etry

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