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Rustic Shores of Scotland

Bagpipes in short high sounding squeals 
 that loudly play to the ears appeal
 some haunting distant melodic foreboding malaise,
stretching across an isle of green-blue ways,
 freed open and gingerly
 along the lochs and rivers Clyde, Tay, Tweed, and Dee;
a glistening jewel of history unshelved
 with ghosts, monsters, fairies, and elves
 upon the southern shore of the Bay o' Skaill swells, 
over the West Mainland parish of Sandwick's silent bells, 
 the Neolithic village of Skara Brae - indelible granite white
 Orkney's most-visited ancient relic sites;
islands set apart where the Scottish bagpipes sing 
 of the clan's immortal heart on the wing;
 the lull and lore of older memories fades and wilts
like colors sewn within the Tartan kilts
 Glasgow and Edinburgh ring truly filled
as kilts swing in the whistling wind unstilled,
 "We’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns!"
 cries aloud in wails and shrills of Scottish yarns;
come ye rustic castles and pastorals 
 listen to the swish and swirls, legends rural,
 in the rush of bagpipes and flaring kilts 
along the cobblestones of Donegal dark silt
 and all the island shores gleaned
 greetings from the Scottish lore imaginings.

Julia Ward's contest 
Theme of Scotland

Copyright © DM Babbit | Year Posted 2021


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Date: 3/30/2021 11:12:00 AM

Congratulations on your win. A wonderful story/write. I have always wanted to go for a visit. Guess I will never get there now. Have a blessed day...............
Date: 3/29/2021 7:17:00 AM

Very well done,, DM. Congrats on a podium win!
Date: 3/28/2021 9:39:00 AM

DM Congratulations on your win! Thank you for taking us on a tour of Scotland by visiting all of the unique places and very special qualities that make Scotland Scotland! Wonderfully done! All the best.
Date: 3/28/2021 9:23:00 AM

Such a well deserved win, DM. I loved your poem about Scotland!
Date: 3/28/2021 5:59:00 AM

Super DM - you've painted quite a picture! Congratulations! :) Linda
Date: 3/28/2021 5:23:00 AM

Lovely... Wonderful win. Congrats. Love and prayers and God bless you always, Love, Gina
Date: 3/28/2021 12:00:00 AM

Scotland in essence... :) Well done for your high win in my contest, DM.
Date: 3/26/2021 9:12:00 PM

DM, There is a song and wail and a step in every kilt in this poem's swells. Nice to read this one. -Richard
Date: 3/17/2021 5:49:00 PM

This poem brings Scotland into my mind full steam ahead.