The Brodgar Boy

“Archaeologists found this tiny clay figurine while working on a spectacular Neolithic settlement complex between two stone circles on the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. While archaeologists have speculated that the Orkney Venus may have served a ritual purpose, representing a goddess or ancestor, Nick Card of the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA), who is directing excavations at the Ness of Brodgar, suggested that this latest find might represent something more personal – perhaps a casual piece of art, or even a lost toy.”

The Orkney News


After your sharp, regular ribs,

The soft curve of your breast was a puzzled surprise.

I smelled the spent cattle on your skin, and your hips

Pressed against mine in the silence.


Then, during winter, you made me a boy,

There on the straw of the killing room floor.

Who was small and as quiet as the little stone toy,

I dropped in the mud by the door.