Poetry Shelf Monday Poem: Lynn Davidson’s ‘Leaving Bass Rock gannet colony ‘


Leaving Bass Rock gannet colony


After skypointing to show

it’s ready


after one last dive, shorting the sea

(the crack, the pressured current fizzing)


after one last moment of great aloneness: a fleck

in oceans


after the last fish in its gut –

the fin and skin and bone of it – tears apart


it takes a final flight, blowing

Bass Rock into the feathery pieces   we call


aura or

atoms    we called


father or



©Lynn Davidson


This poem was was published in New Writing Scotland 35. Bass Rock is a rock/island in the Firth of Forth. It’s a huge gannet colony and has a long and interesting history of human habitation too.

Lynn Davidson writes poetry, fiction and essays. Her latest poetry collection Islander will be published by Shearsman Books and Victoria University Press in 2019. Lynn currently lives in Edinburgh.










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