Stuart A. Paterson

Rainbows

Stuart A. Paterson

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Here, rainbows are cheap,

coming in peely-wally pairs or knock-off

trios watercoloured hurriedly

onto skin-thin greasy sheets

of air. They're not the thick & dazzling

particles that strut their spumes

of jewel on Skye or down by Lleyn,

laddered auroras seeming to climb

beyond the eye & into space

in that brief gasp of time suspended

overhead. Here, they linger drained

of depth & shade, pale arcs of ghost

drifting on the coat-tails of migratory

sun & scraped off soles of native rain.


Stuart A. Paterson


Stuart A. Paterson, born 1966, lives by the Solway coast in south-west Scotland. Previously a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award & a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, ‘Border Lines’, poems on Dumfries & Galloway, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2015. ‘Aye, poems in Scots, was published by Tapsalteerie in 2016. A new collection, ‘Looking South’, will be published by Indigo Dreams in 2017.

Find him at https://www.facebook.com/patersonpoetry/