On your 70th Birthday
What will we do today?
A coffee with an iced bun
at the Atrium?
Then, a walk along the Cart
full and flowing fast
snowdrops relentlessly cheerful
as storm Otto gusts in
and the memory of autumn walks
as heady as woodsmoke –
(we talked of moving here and meant it)
Next, a slow drive up the Campsie Fells
to the Tak Ma Doon viewpoint
with Glasgow spread below like a picnic blanket.
Finally, a late lunch at the James Watt dock
red brick sugarsheds and cranes
your boyhood welded
to this land and seascape, the view across the firth
your joy. We will hold hands
(still a thinning)
and think of how lucky we are,