Here’s one for Alex Salmond!
THE CRAMOND LIONESS
(a Roman artefact discovered in Jan., 1997 in the River Almond,
Celtic prey, you’re about to be ravaged
in the savage amphitheatre method.
Bored tyrants only have to drop their thumbs.
Your arms are back-stretched, yet it does not bite.
Native populations felt such talons-
and teeth. Yet Pliny once remarked that lions,
alone of wild beasts, show mercy to those
who will prostrate themselves as conquered foes.
A Roman carved it, shaped sandstone to beast.
Why do the snakes on its plinth crawl away?
Are they deserting Caledonia?
Will our ancestral spirits leave us too?
Ferryman, your sighting of this statue
caused its salvage, as the Lion Rampant
tosses its wild mane, unsheaths its claws,
unscathed by its submersion in Time’s silt.
Will Scotland’s lion be merciful to those
who kept it as a leisure ornament;
stained it with iron salts of industry;
chucked it down the river when the time came?
Both inefficient walls have crumbled now;
tides and tables eventually been turned.
Iron has entered the lion’s soul.
Puissant once more, pray it licks those who bow.