Jenny Robertson has published over thirty-eight books, including three collections of her own
poems, ‘Ghetto’was chosen for the Edinburgh Book Festival in 1989. Two of her plays were
performed in the Fringe. Her most recent books Wojtek War Hero Bear (Birlinn 2014) and
From the Volga to the Clyde (Fleming Publications 2014) reflect her interest in Poland,
the theme of two books currently looking for a publisher. Her poem ‘Autumn’s dear deam’
won 2nd prize in Scottish Fellowship of Christian Writers Open Poetry Competition 2017 judged
by Kenneth Steven.
Autumn’s dear dream
Amber on sunlit leaves, honeyed or burnt
umber, bids goodbye to summer, with bright
treasure trove of bounty. Bearded barley
undulates, full eared, awaiting sharp blades
to make Bethels of bread, while drouthy bees
brimming with nectar drowse. Autumn’s dear dream
points back to Eden whose lost apple seed
has shrivelled in drought, dust bowl deep seamed
by deforestation and gales of greed.
In waste ground a girl plants fresh shoots of green.
Her man tills rich furrows, looks up, a lark
spirals songs. Soon bairns will toddle between
buttercups. Each upturned lantern a spark,
aureate as autumn, outshines the dark