Days After

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Five days after Burns’ Night

It is pay day and the wind gods

Tear across the Kingdom of Fife

Like a possessed Roman legion resurrected

Fife Power Station beams and shines

A bug-eyed leviathan coming out the mirk;

Where once thousands of miners dreamt of better

Some leaving to bleed in *Spain

Driving home the bone-dissipating damp lifts

Fissures in the complacency of those whose position

Whose wealth means everything the

Food banks, the lack of sovereign movement means

Nothing.

* Fife and other Scottish miners fought in the Spanish Civil War

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