Richie McCaffery

Drystone dyke

Northumberland is full of drystone walls,
ancient and crumbling
like a gorgonized weir.
I never know the territories they mark,
have never seen them being built or fixed.

I want us to be like these walls –
standing for nothing other than ourselves,
nothing between us, no adhesive agent,
slotted in perfectly together, lichens
awarded to us like rosettes for our love.

Richie McCaffery hails from Warkworth, Northumberland. He was a Carnegie Trust Caledonian scholar at the University of Glasgow where he earned his PhD in 2016. In 2014 his published his first full collection of poems, Cairn from Nine Arches Press. His second collection, entitled Passport is due out from Nine Arches Press in July 2018.