This poem was written by Douglas Dunn in 1979. Inspired by a photograph of the St Kilda parliament taken in 1879 it represents the point of view of the photographer, but also reveals awareness of the abandonment of St Kilda fifty years later. Above all it conveys the way of life of the people of St Kilda and attempts to enter their minds to understand their perception of the tourists visiting their islands.
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St. Kilda's Parliament