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The Man Who Moved from Shetland to Glasgow

For Bruce, who opened a window in Glasgow and wondered where the wind was

Where is the wind?
It’s lifting sand into river veins
which hover above the beach.

Where is the wind?
It’s throwing up gobs of froth –
they dance up basalt cliffs,
flee across sheep-shorn downs.

Where is the wind?
It’s lashing the cars on lonely roads
where heath is cut with peat-black wounds.

Where is the wind?
It’s flattening the cotton grass to red,
it’s flipping leaves on strained branches,
it’s whipping up white lace shawls on slate blue sea.

© Chrissie Gittins, from Sharp Hills (Indigo Dreams, 2019)
By kind permission of the author

Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins writes poetry for children and adults, short stories and plays. She has been visiting schools as a poet for over 20 years and is an experienced teacher. She has written five children’s poetry collections. Now You See Me, Now You… and I Don’t Want an Avocado for an Uncle were shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award. Both these, and her third collection The Humpback’s Wail, are Choices for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf. Her new and collected poems Stars in Jars is a Scottish Poetry Library recommendation. Her latest collection – Adder, Bluebell, Lobster – was nominated for the North Somerset Teacher’s Book Award and featured on BBC Countryfile. Chrissie’s poems have been widely anthologized, and animated for Rhyme Rocket and Poetry Pie on Cbeebies TV. She was a finalist in the Manchester Children’s Literature Prize and she won the Belmont Poetry Prize. You can hear Chrissie reading her children’s poems on the Poetry Archive. She has also read at festivals including Hay, Edinburgh, Wigtown, West Cork, and in the Children’s Room of the Poets House in New York.