Two poems by Scott Elder


    The Elegance of a Simple Soul


Utterly out of place        a sloth in a dark café

movements too slow to be noticed

a glass of port slips from her grip

the pristine explosion at her feet

in her hair        in the lamplight

everywhere        inlaid

an instant dissolves        and in the next

still alit        walking uneven

through a door        onto the street

before she stops to fall


    First the moon


then the wall        first a pale light

then your nape        the high cheekbone

a perfect fit        part of you

on the wall        one side dark

one side glowing        part of you

deep in bloom        one stone here

one stone gone        you feel no loss

dew is breathing        through your skin

the courtyard’s        empty

a waning gibbous        sole witness

to your flight        and fall


Scott Elder

About Scott Elder

Scott Elder’s work has been widely published on both sides of the Atlantic as well as having been placed or commended in numerous competitions in the UK and Ireland. His debut pamphlet, ‘Breaking Away’, was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2015. A first collection, ‘Part of the Dark’, was published by Dempsey & Windle (UK) in 2017, and his second, ‘My Hotel’, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry (Ireland) in 2023.