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Theses

by Donald Mackay

a poor country
where everyone is poor
has untold wealth

if I have nothing
nothing my neighbour lacks
my neighbour lacks nothing

no thing should endure forever
in a poor country they value
decomposition

gold? stone has the greater value
it stays useful
more or less a longer time

in that country lawless beyond the city
I was never safer
than in the country

it happens gradually the slow collapse
stores or cities empty people live otherwise
what does it look like? look outside

you dread the collapse of economy
I look forward to
a new beginning


Donald Mackay - Late Poems

Donald Mackay was a teacher from Caithness whose poetry pamphlets were published by Mariscat and in publications such as The Dark Horse, with which he had a long connection.

APoem by Donald Mackay
At the BallPoem by Donald Mackay
Beyond the Split StanePoem by Donald Mackay
CrashPoem by Donald Mackay
Donald Mackay – An AppreciationArticle by Willie Hershaw
Seeing ScotlandPoem by Donald Mackay
SS Great BritainPoem by Donald Mackay
The BeastPoem by Donald Mackay
The BookPoem by Donald Mackay
The MasterPoem by Donald Mackay
The VestigiumPoem by Donald Mackay
ThesesPoem by Donald Mackay
To the Year's EndPoem by Donald Mackay

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