IN THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND
The whole countryside deployed on the hills of heather, an army
The beaters whoop the grouse to the butts.
Three gentlemen fling up their guns and the frightened covey is
a few wings fewer;
Then grooms approach with the panniered horses.
The gray old moorland silence has closed like water and covered
Wave on wave goes the moor to the great
Circle of the sky; the cairn on the slope names an old battle and
Broad gray rocks the grave-marks of clans.
Blond Celtic warriors lair in the sky-line barrows, down toward
Stand the tall stones of the Danish captains.
We dead that handled weapons and hunted in earnest, we old
dead have watched
Three little living gentlemen yonder
With a bitter flavor in the grin of amusement, uneasily remembering
Old sports and delights. It is better to be dust.