And the losses still to come walked ahead in their old dead boots
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
Stained glass by Douglas Strachan at The Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle
Soldier Arthur Roberts inspired poetry