(after Pete Morgan’s poem “The Cutty Sark”)
She has always stood
Above and between
this valley and the next –
a line between north and south.
on the map of Europe
where even Rome failed to unite.
She stands above –
a cut above.
she stands. Rock-bottom.
her roots remain –
a trunk remains
where enough fell off to stop a river.
She halted Father Rhine
with her left-overs.
The clear-cut beauty of her face
has been mutilated:
guyropes for tourist mountain paths
Our tied up country
strains and fails to find leverage.