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Tartan and Pipes

Tradition and dress
A nations finesse
Symbolic in style
By a country mile
The drone of the pipes
Tartan clad
Bonnie on the girls
Proud on the lads
Highland dancers
In kilted skirts 
Grooms at weddings
Kilt and dirk

But our Tartan and Pipes
Go back many years
Led soldiers into battles
See the enemy fear

After Culloden
Both were banned
A country naked
At the English hand

Our clans of many
In colours so grand
Woven by weavers
Our women's hands

All over the world
Scots are spread
Taking their Tartans
Of green, blue and red

It's a welcome reminder
To the kin of their past
Never forgotten
Designed to last

This plaid of cloth
History enriched
Scottish pride
In every stitch

And like our pipes
From centuries past
This Scottish of Scots
Are here to last

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  1. Date: 10/2/2009 12:02:00 PM
    Amazing work, best of luck in the next round...Raul

  1. Date: 9/28/2009 2:48:00 PM
    Thank you for your congratulations on my standing and the same to you. This is a great piece. I am just back to my email after a trip out of state so that is the reason for my tardiness in answering. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/26/2009 9:11:00 AM
    Excellent piece, James! The images you create are as vivid and beautiful as your love and pride of your heritage. Congrats on going on to the finals with this wonderful and well deserving poem! Wishing you the best of luck! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 9/25/2009 10:26:00 AM
    Congrats!! Love Light Truth Patricia

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 8:52:00 PM
    James; Congratulations on making the 1st cut. this is a wonderful poem. Scotland is such a rich and traditional country. Rich in history and pride holding tradition so close to their hearts. I can see the heather and hear the bagpipes in this wonderful poem of yours.

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 4:52:00 PM
    I enjoy your heritage poems so much! James! congrats!... jim

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 3:41:00 PM
    Great poem, James. Thanks for your kind words and congratulations on making the first cut yourself. ! ~<><

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 12:46:00 PM
    I thought for sure I had commented on this poem earlier, I know I've read it before, congratulations for making through to the 2nd round! Good Luck! and thank you for letting me know about mine! :::grin::: ~Trudy~

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 12:30:00 PM
    This is a wonderful poem, James. So glad it made the first cut. Congratulations! Love you! Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 12:22:00 PM
    James...Im not surprised that you are going through to the next Highlander you. BG

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 8:16:00 AM
    A fabulous poem James conjures up so many images and reminds us of Scotlands proud history. My grand parents were of scots origin and whenever I hear a lone piper, it always brings a tear to my eyes. Congrats on getting through first round Janette

  1. Date: 7/12/2009 6:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured poem. I went to a College near my home that always has Bag Pipes played by people in Scottish Kilt for their graduation ceremony. Sara

  1. Date: 7/11/2009 7:12:00 AM
    Hey, I love your theme, thrust & tone.What a wonderful piece! You are such a great poet. Please keep writing & congratulations on your excellent piece being featured dis week. Great you James

  1. Date: 7/9/2009 11:31:00 PM
    James, congrats on your feature...Raul

  1. Date: 7/9/2009 8:55:00 AM
    Beautifully done, James ... reminds me of my write called "Irish Woman A.D. 100" ... smile ... Love your line "Bonnie on the girls, proud on the lads" ... don't think I've ever heard it put that way!! Great writing and a well-deserved selection to be a feature this week at the Soup. I look forward to checking out your website.

  1. Date: 7/6/2009 3:05:00 PM
    A wonderful poem of a wonderful heritage! Congratulations on this featured work!! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 7/6/2009 12:27:00 PM
    James I can't wait to share this with my husband who is half Scottish he has his Scottish flag flying outside the house! Wonderful poem so well done and so proud you seem. I went to your website which I'll share with my husband! Wonderfully done! Congratulations on your featured poem! Laura :)

  1. Date: 7/6/2009 7:18:00 AM
    Well James,...this here poetry rings with proud stride,..and every year my son and I march in the Phila. Mummers parade,..always seem to end up with the Scots or Irish clan,...*smiles*,..My Grams maiden name is Clancy,..well anywho,..this poetry rocked for me, and I'll be reading it to my son, who does love the poetic writes,..when they are seriously good,..and this one is !! Congratulations having it featured this week ! You should be proud of this one friend !! james

  1. Date: 7/6/2009 6:08:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured poem this week James. Beautiful picture you have painted with your words here. I Know you will have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/5/2009 11:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on your featured poem this week.ore success in your poetry writing. God bless. Ernilando