The Big Man

i.m. Jimmy Knapp


They build them big in Kilmarnock,
Hew the voice out of stone,
Take pleasure in moulding and shaping
The skin and the bone.

The eyes have been cast out of moonlight,
Hands out of lowlands of snow,
Tears from a source by a hillside
Where celandine grow.

There's a silence now spread through the counties,
A leaving that's felt as an ache
Like a darkening of towns, like a curfew
That no one can break.