RETURN (For the Chibok girls)
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 www.theirworld.org