Pack Road





Pack Road

I’m drifting along the old pack road
From Polmaddy to Braidenoch Hill,
The way is lined with willow herb
And by fractured dry stone dykes.
Beyond them, a sea of pine trees
Break upon the slopes of The Rhins.

My chart gives the name of the hills,
Millyae, Millfire, Milldown, Carlins Cairn,
Craigbrock, Corserin, Craignelder,
But there is no real meaning here,
old names have long since drowned
In wave upon wave of other tongues.

Yet, I can get a sense of it all,
In this landscape, this openness,
This no nonsense grittiness.
The old language was like that,
Describing place, nature, purpose.
Ancient voices still whisper here.

I have passed the hanging rock,
Ahead, the hill of the carved cross.
There, I will stop for a while, rest,
Moor myself, to a past beyond me,
Dip into the flow of meanings,
The why and wherefores of journeys.


Derek Ross

By photos,poetry and haiku by Derek Ross

I am a photographer/ poet from Dumfries in South West Scotland. I concentrate on minimalist images and prefer using an iPhone these days. As far as my writing is concerned, I usually write short poems (some in Scots dialect), hence my interest in haiku and related forms.

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