karen peterson butterworth


        for Great Grandma Catherine and her mother Mary

Ultima Thule: a glimpse of Muckle Flugga

and a kinswoman's welcome.

Tresta, Trondra, Northmavine

Fetlar, Uyeasound, Gutcher, Yell
Sullum Voe, Girlsta, Mousa, Unst.

One-way roads wi passin bays:
on da scattald, hedder’s flooerin.

Peerie, plantiecrub, tushkar, trow,
dulskit, etterskab, fogrie, haaf,
sixareen, scattald, kleber, hwal.

A bonxie flies past the cafe window.
Muckle Roe – red granite cliffs
wi nestin waegs.

Aithsting, Lerwick, Clousta, Voe,
West Burrafirth, Bixter, Aith,
Brindister, Sandness, Waas.

The Witch of Waas caaed doon
rain on her neighbour’s hairst.

Peterson, Laurenson, Mouatt, Doull,
Henry, Jamieson, Isbister, Coutts,
Haroldson, Inkster, Halcrow, Leask.

In winter, shüt of peat clings to hair,
skin, claes, and stanes.

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