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Bridget Khursheed: a poem

Orienteering outside Jedburgh

Wildcat Cleuch is still full of snow

but each virtual contour

is marked with bunting

white feather gauges

signalling it is warm here.

These birds have come from Norway

to tease out mountain atoms, kernels

and midge crumbs.

Why they stopped in Lanton

is anybody's guess. The wind?

Or their own internal magnets?

Oh they look so good –

the geologists of snow

perched where this science was invented.

In theory, the whole

hill is now tame plantation

but suddenly each snow flake

bunting flocks

anti-cycling back into blue sky

mapping the weather back home.

Bridget Khursheed is a poet and geek based in the Scottish Borders. She is a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award winner for poetry and her video poem Dead Loss features in the current Scottish Poetry Library Vision 2020 project. Her pamphlet Roads to Yair is published by Twinlaw and she is widely published in magazines including Ambit, The Rialto, Abridged, New Writing Scotland, Zoomorphic and Gutter. When not writing she has been studying for an MSc in cybersecurity. You can find her on Twitter here: @khursheb.

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