I wrote this on September 10th 1997, just before another referendum, when we had two votes.  This time, one answer will do.  It’s hard for writers not to tinker with old pieces of work when they come across them again, but this time, I’m not tempted.  

Yes Yes

A wee country
not big enough for power
the folk few and scattered
the land divided
North and South
Protestant Catholic
Highland Lowland
the dense, disliked
too cocky by half
Central Belt

From Benn Abbhain
I saw Ben Nevis
From Squrr Dearg
the outer isles
Scotland visible
on a clear day.
A wee country, yes,
empty perhaps
all the folk indoors
preparing to govern
this difficult land.

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