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Chalk Dust


Roll a marble curled wi sea;

Another wi a lightnin storm in a teacup;

A third wi the green lick o dragon’s flame.


Kick pebble chalk dust

Scuffed shoes – ye’re oot!

Tic tac, colliebuckie

Wheel spin, skite!


Ferris lights, ferris fights,

Bustle, birl, carousel skirl,  

Wingtip ride, freefall sail,

Caterpiller furl, frog hoppin whirl.


Fae the top o the Binn, 

The shows wheel in miniature,

Yo-yo spools an streaks o colour, 

While music eddies wi the wind. 

Poem copyright Larissa Reid

Artwork copyright Elspeth Knight

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