Poem of the 18th century Publican: Robert Burns, you're bard!
...by Hugh McMillan. Well, who else?
The sun was shining on Dumfries, and I was tempted out a-Poem Hunting again with my trusty point-and-shoot.
Inside the Coach and Horses on the Whitesands lurk short poems built on dreadful puns; Jackie Galley's marvellously strange thoughts on the Gulls of Dumfries; Pippa Little's feline first footer...
I walked up Bank Street and back past The Stove, which already had a few window-readers. So I moved to the next window and this time I read Chrys Salt's poem about Angus McPhee. I read Roger Hutchinson's book at Christmas, and there's a wonderful blog too, written by artist Joanne B. Kaar http://joannebkaarbakersbotanistswhalers.blogspot.com/ Thanks Chrys.
It really was a crisp and lovely day. Through the narrow vennel to The Globe, which is packed with poems. Where to start - Sarah Hymas (love this one), Josephine Dickinson, Polly Atkin, Rebecca Sharp, Angus MacMillan... No sun down by The Globe, but I stood there freezing and reading. So did a couple of other passers-by.
I warmed up on the way across to Burns' house. Swarms of escaping schoolchildren packed the street end, while I read poems by Mike Barlow, Stephanie Green (very witty - see below), Jane Routh, Vivien Jones, JoAnne McKay, Fiona Russell and many more excellent verses.
What fine places to place fine poems. Thank you, Hugh Bryden and Dave Borthwick, who have probably seen enough melinex to last them till next January.