This Scotland and the Next

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A piece that has been a few years in the thinking-for AH.


Where safe, riotous fans of rugby pass:

Haymarket in Edinburgh, aye busy

A nexus of city, country, leaving, arriving.


This time some anti-Semitic bile given

As casually as you would press the Pedestrian Crossing

My friend more Scot and native than many a bigot

Was guilty, just standing

Black hair and the gift o the gab*.


Abstracts like Scottish, nation, civic nationalism exist

On the same plane as hame-grown hatred

We are not special, nor that different

Fail that test

Then welcome that Eton brigade in.

*Aye-always; Gift o the gab= can speak well and/or eloquently

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