Put in Carlisle and Langholm and fill with solid
egg tempura. Leave out the dull spool of firth.
Put in lines drawn in the sand-fells. Leave out
bastle-houses built of logs and salt, safe-for-now
Put in pointillist sheep and sprig of gorse,
leave out another country’s national flower.
Put in farm-labourers like in Bruegel’s famous
The Harvesters, leave out problem clans:
Armstrongs, and Laidlaws, and Scotts.
vanishing lines, disappear through a peep-hole
to Scotland. Crop at the edges, and hang
in frame of makeshift gilt. Leave out to dry.
First published in ASH