Sights and Places Never Seen

Derek Alsop is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of English.

For sights and places never seen

I offer up this final list,

Acknowledging what might have been.

 

The marriages of Gretna Green.

The Isle of Rum; its ancient cyst.

For sights and places never seen;

 

For most things north of Aberdeen.

The ospreys, golden eagles, missed,

Acknowledging what might have been

 

If my binoculars were keen.

Harris, Lewis, North, South Uist –

For sights and places never seen

 

Include the islands in between.

The monsters that may not exist.

Acknowledging what might have been

 

For every mountain and ravine

Unclimbed; for lochs lost in the mist:

For sights and places never seen,

Acknowledging what might have been.