cradles, where blackbird hearts
jumped in their huddled eggs,
speckles gathered at the fat ends,
no batch the same.
Variegation was clear then.
But this was knowledge
exhumed from a bush
and forced to hatch,
a ranking of unincubated
shelled lives, and at the mercy
of a child’s fingering.
Dr Jim Stewart is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Dundee.