The Downfield Line

A walk through January’s neglect, with feelings of retrospect.

On the Downfield line, citizens are a limited find.

Buried away – they’ll not play, not till later in February.

Not Just Any Street


Near Albert Street

Hair boutiques

And Beauty salons

Arbroath Fish Shop

Specific Security Training?

Shops that offer gents style

Campbell’s Dundee Cake Shop

Property Groups

And for meat, David Grewers and Sons

Shed59, Flowers, Ladbrokes

Pound stores

Nice and Spice for fruit

Ian’s the barbershop

Booze for you

Buttys to Take-away

SPF, Newsagents, So Good

Clarks the Bakery

And a Marrakesh café

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Seeing Clearly In The Mist…


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I walk the cold foggy streets and feel the path beneath my feet.

Yet the murkiness brings my attention to what is nearest,

darkness of the path I follow,

dampness in the air and the leaves drop like tears,

falling in a bitter wind.

Despair effortlessly encloses me and in that moment,

I see winter approaching and remoteness of dearest spring.

Blackness Line

This morning I walked along the Blackness route and created a poem from some of the house names I saw along the way.





The Gap



Ethie Bank


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