RETURN (For the Chibok girls)

October 2, 2017


Doubled by her child
your child spoiled
shop soiled sex
machined for soul-
less soldiers invaded
knocked up battered.
Your child hangs
between girl and 
mother       you force
anger down cradle
her and hers 


You hear but 
can’t listen . Bones 
of bruised face
the same eyes     yet not
               look inwards 
hooded     Not knowing
her future    not
wanting that past
Strung between there
and here somewhere
she remains.



Finola Scott's poems and short stories have won and been placed in national competitions and are widely published in anthologies and magazines including The Ofi Press, Hark, The Lake, Dactyl & Raum. She was mentored on the Clydebuilt Scheme. A performance poet, she is proud to be a slam-winning granny.

The Return, her  subtle and moving poem about the aftermath of  the return of the  Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram  was first published in  Aiblins, a collection of New Scottish Political Poetry edited by Katie Ailes in 2016.





                                 Image of Finola Scott in the Scotia Bar by Mary Rafferty

                                  Image of kidnapped Chibok girls

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