Seven Questions about the Journey
By Don Paterson
We have commissioned a new piece of writing from fifty leading authors on the theme of 'Elsewhere' - read on for Don Paterson's contribution.
Why are we leaving in such unreadiness?
- Your name was last.
Is it too late to call? Is there still time to confess?
- The moment's passed.
If the weather is stormy, should we go nonetheless?
- None forecast.
Where are our dogs and our horses? Can you guess?
- Slain. Shot. Gassed.
How will we know when we reach our new address?
- Heed the blast.
How do we look in our fine new leaving-dress?
- Alone. Aghast.
Where are we going, so light and riderless?
- Nowhere. Fast