11 Oct 2022
"Scotstober" is a month-long Twitter event where a calendar of daily words is produced in advance, and people then produce art, poetry, or share pre-existing content that references that word.
On October 11, the word is "larach" which I had to look up:
- [′lɑrəx, ‡′lerəx] 1. A site, foundation, stance, esp. of the remains of an abandoned or ruinous building.
Originally this poem was called the "Crackit Larach", but that was a bit of a stretch to the definition of the word to use it to mean the foundation or plinth of a gravestone.
So I abandoned the idea of submitting this for Scotstober and used "bottom o his heidstane" rather than "larach o his heidstane". It felt like a semantic stretch for that word, but the poem was still worth capturing.