you don't know the land
as it rolls out in front of the car.
you look at the map
of this place you've never been
and you pick up a few nibbles
carrots, flatbread, 'crowdie' a scottish cheese, dark chocolate digestives (he says he can eat too many), blueberries, tangerines, juice. salt & sweet.
all you know
is that you want to eat outside
sit away from the wind
but still in the glorious sun.
you get to the neist point lighthouse. park.
all you can see are cliffs and blue blue sea
land stretches out before you: sharp and steep, rocky and open.
so you walk towards the edge
even though it doesn't look like much
your heart is open
and what looks like a few boulders
under tufts of grasses
is the place.
and very very carefully,
because the sheer drop is obvious,
you both settle in
embraced by rocks
and unfurl your little picnic
at the edge of scotland.