Gather stones obvious yes but no need
for them to be uniform
Sandstone Blue John Granite
The trick is to pile high layer pack tight
Malachite Delineate territory Inform your neighbours
it’ll make you friends Slate round-eyed pebbles
may seem unimportant but hold a barrier snug
block chinks No room for manoeuvre rock solid
Rhyolite Schist Meta-quartzite
Belly-fat boulders built it fast show strength
catch others off guard Basalt Choose rough or smooth on
a slick facade Sound professional determined
Obsidian Fire Agate Copper
Cup it round a hill March down glens
Make your own horizon.
Finola Scott‘s poems and short stories have won & been placed in national competitions. They are widely published in anthologies and magazines including The Ofi Press, Raum, Dactyl and The Lake. Liz Lochhead was her mentor on the Clydebuilt Scheme. Also a performance poet, she is proud to be a slam-winning granny.