Among the first grasses to flower
this comes from the old permanent pasture
up the hill. You put it on the bench
and call it by its name, Fox-tail. Suits you,
boy, even though you’re not crafty.
You can create new wildflower meadows
using this, it dances along as you go
with your heather-stepping stride
while your hair gleams, titian red.
photograph: Brinkie’s Brae, Stromness, Orkney, May