Three Poems by Finola Scott


Repurposing furniture

1. the story chair

your voice  soft warm steady
and there you are   snug
book on one hand 
daughter cradled on the other
she is looking at you   you point
at the page   she looks
at the page  smiles   you look
at her smile     and smile
your voice soft warm steady
daddy bedtime reading 

2. the music chair

guitar tuned  you settle to play
wee faces watch  eager to catch the beat
you foot tap riff  and the audience shift
leaping grinning wiggling clapping
live music here and now in this room
requests taken
no need to turn on radio  or ask Alexa 
here and now  it’s daddy our music man.


Shredding

and you’re both on the floor
piles of files and folders teeter
ribbons of paper surround you
novelty  transforms this chore
grinning daddy feeds the shredder
noise  whirs  paper   paper   paper
flying  floating  coating the carpet
soft hands clap as spirals of print spout
little fingers tangle making bracelets
bills secrets accounts turn to snow 
at the press of a button
and oh again  again  again daddy
while laughter soars

This is not a shelf unit

It is a monument to joy shared.
Tiny sculptures take pride in this place, 
shelf on shelf on shelf,
such careful constructions. 
Bigger more intricate each time.
Diagrams consulted, eager eyes 
find delicate pieces, position and press
to build lego, that daddy ordered
late night online, thinking of this
bigger each time.


Finola Scott’s poems are on posters, tapestries, postcards and published widely including New Writing Scotland, The High Window, and Lighthouse. Red Squirrel Press publish her pamphlet Much left Unsaid. See also Finola Scott Poems on Facebook. Finola is delighted to watch her son-in-law having fun becoming a fine father. 


Finola Scott

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s