Scottish Country Fair

On the green
dancers leap & twirl
bodies light as mist.

They catch moons with their arms
throw out suns

make the earth under their feet
groan with pleasure

& with their eyes
give out a solemn joy & pride

that moves across the green
like a soft wind
blown up from a valley

or a shaft of light
cast down through trees.


About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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2 Responses to Scottish Country Fair

  1. Brenda Perlin says:


    • gwpj says:

      One of my favorite things, Brenda, has been attending Scottish country fairs. I grew up on them in Seattle, where we had one nearby every year. The dancing, the bagpipes and marching bagpipe bands — whew! I’ve told my wife that if she doesn’t have bagpipe music at my funeral or memorial service, I’m coming back. 🙂 (We had recorded bagpipe music at our wedding.)

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