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Windswept by Sy Brand


"Someone will remember us"

I say as my fingertip touching

your worn brow disintegrates

and the wind carries it

up Arthur's Seat.

Around us (you kneeling, I

no longer) statues and dust

attract cats, and other creatures

of the half-light,

and they carry us with them

to warm towels and secret dens

somewhere we couldn't reach

until now.

No longer restless, we can lie

on these new planets, watch

the shifting face of the hill

turn to reflect us.

"Someone will remember us"

the slopes echo, slowly fading,

until suddenly

they forget.

Sy Brand is a queer non-binary poet living in Edinburgh, Scotland. They write through the haze of cat-/child-induced sleep deprivation to try and make sense of gender, relationships, and ADHD. Their work has been published in Popshot Quarterly, Capsule Stories, and ZARF Poetry, among others. You can find them on Twitter @TartanLlama and their publications at


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