Two short MacCaig poems. When asked how long he took to write a poem he said “one cigarette”. His longer works were “two fag poems”. These are quick puff poems I guess.
Patriot (from p 510 of the Ewen MacCaig edited Poems of Norman MacCaig, 2005)
My only country
is six feet high
and whether I love it or not
for its independence.
Party (from p 42)
Watching your face
That makes an emptiness of this crowded place,
I stand, not speaking, terrified to see
You grown more lovely, and still lost to me.