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To the Year's End

by Donald Mackay

the yellowing flowering currant
offers a little livid light
with barely any green in it
too late

about to die
ghastly and yet it half-restores
the day
as it stares

blind
light into the darkness growing
and beyond

if this is winter spring
not far behind
as Shelley said, a slow uprising


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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