On Roofs of Terry Street

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In the lower sky, wave gently in the smoke.


Nest-building sparrows peck at moss,

Urban flora and fauna, soft, unscrupulous.


Rain drying on the slates shines sometimes.

A builder is repairing someone’s leaking roof.


He kneels upright to rest his back.

His trowel catches the light and becomes precious.


Poem:  Douglas Dunn

Image: An old road sign, forgotten

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TheBigForest. A silly artist maker creating in felt and paper construction. Like us on Facebook: TheBigForest. Find us at Twitter : twitter/TheBigForestuk


  1. Good to see a Scottish poet getting some blog time – thank you for sharing!

    • Love his work. I came across Dunn because of his links with Phillip Larkin and Hull and then explored his writing. Its strange how when doing creative research one thing leads to another and then BING! you find a rich seam of new practice that fires your creativity. We are going to be sharing more poems and writing over the next few months.

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