~ Cairn of Courage ~

Silently the Scott rocks came
one by one all the same
lay together in field of blood
freedom sought courage loved

What’s that wafting on the breeze
rumbling murmurs of unease
thunder through the eerie fog
scarlet coats rabid dogs
scrounging savage scouring all
lording over loving souls

Silently the Scott rocks came
one by one and all the same
faced the foe proud and strong
bravely fought the day long
but conflict comes from many source
and victory did not run their course

when soft dusk falls the light is low
the field is strewn life to the foe
the cries are silenced by the butchers blow
hope fades in the field of blood

The pipes are quiet all tartan shred
stolen by the enemy dread
freedom sought courage love
squashed beneath the velvet glove
Clans disbanded lords are slain
childer lost in resulting reign
the Bonnie prince fled the game
the highlands will never be the same

So walk the steps of those before
listen to the locals lore
and if you visit be mindful of
the cairn of courage and field of love!

adgray © 2009

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My wonderful Highlander Joak
took this picture of the Culloden Cairn
and my words flowed!

‘the culloden cairn’ by joak


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- telling stories all her life,
- writing them down once she learnt how
“Scribbling! Always scribling!”
… and no there was nothing to be done about it!
Her poetry came later when the gift found her to be a ZETE segue (Zographonic Extemporanious Treatise Ekphrasis)
At times she can go into a trance-like state as poetry flows through her to the page and screen
Thank you for coming to read my words! ~ adgray~

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  • Carol Berliner
    Carol Berlinerover 5 years ago

    Beautiful heartfelt writing!

  • Thank you so much for coming to read my words!
    Chookas! X♥X

    – adgray

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    Ahhh what a wonderful poem, in the same genre as Rabbie Burns. I like it, it flows easily in the mind and transports in place and time. Being a Scot it tuggs the heart, and makes one wonder with Scotland ever be the same again, and do we want it to be? Instead of dreaming of the past glories of battles lost and won, let us unite and fight with weapons of peace for truth, humility, justice and peace with all peoples. Let the Scots lead the way for the rest of the world to follow. A wonderful poem my friend. May many who’re Scottish at heart read with care though:-) The Cairn of Courage and the field of Love. It takes real courage to turn the other cheek, to bless your enemies and love them.

  • REALLY? As Good as the Burns? W O W !!! I do feel special!
    I am so glad it inspired you to pen your own incentives to move forward!

    The Cairn of Courage and the field of Love. It takes real courage to turn the other cheek, to bless your enemies and love them thank you

    Thank you so much for coming to read my words and leave me with brilliant ones of your own!!
    Chookas! X♥X

    – adgray

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    fabulous and moving, some of my ancestors are buried there ad, we were bodyguards to the macdonalds clan, McIninch is my maiden name, years ago the spelling of the time was different, I have been to this spot some years back, and boy its bleak and very very quiet, that was the one thing i truly noticed there, the lack of noise except the grass blowing in the breeze, dawnx

  • I think many a Scottish descendant have ancestors buried there along with the Highland dreams
    I’m Marrying a many generation removed Aussie McDonald [when we can scrounge up the money for the license!] and my grandfather comes from Scotland. I have more affinity with the Irish in me but then I know more about the Scottish History! [go figure lol]
    The father of my youngest 3 kids is from Glasgow so they have more affinity with Scotland than I, but then they’re from an Irish descendant possibly one that came out Via France to help in returning the Bonnie Prince
    But with all due respect for the Clan Law, from what I have read of Charlie I have no idea why the Braw Scotts would want such a French Fop to be their leader! He even ran and hid out of sight & range of the Culloden battle! They needed to find someone with the strength of Wallace …. but yet again you wonder how much of that was romanticised!
    Chookas Dawn! X♥X

    – adgray

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 5 years ago

    Wonderful Addy, and Joak’s image is also!

  • Isn’t it! He says he’s only a photy taker but WOW what photy’s he takes!!!
    Thank you for coming to read this I am quite happy with it! even if I did take time in the middle of it to go research the battle & read up on Charlie Not sure if I like the bloke much – he seems to come across as a soft French Fop! I was hoping for someone with some true Braw about them! But No he had powdered wig & silk pantaloons & a beauty Spot! – & he ran away & hid from the muddy mess instead of pitch in & fight!
    The Scotts deserved Far Better than that!
    Thank you for coming to read this! I am glad you like it!
    Chookas! X♥X

    – adgray

  • anaisnais
    anaisnaisover 5 years ago

    Penned brilliance, you’ve done a wonderful job here! Really gets the muse flowing, thankyou for sharing it with us, Anna-Marie.

  • Thank you so much for coming to read my words!
    Chookas! X♥X

    – adgray

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 5 years ago

  • Thank you

    – adgray

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature Alyssa. The words are beautiful. ♥♥XX

  • Thank you!
    I’m glad you came and read & liked them!
    & Joak’s image is superbly inspiring!
    Chookas! X♥X

    – adgray

  • Pilgrim
    Pilgrimover 5 years ago

    Powerful and evocative.

  • Thank you Martin for coming to read my words!
    I’m glad you liked them!
    Chookas! X♥X

    – adgray

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    yes so true, we have found info that after this battle, a few ancestors went over to ireland and started fighting the english again, hehe dawnx

  • You bunch of Rebel Rousers! lol Good one!
    No wonder you play with bows & arrows! lol
    Chookas! X♥X

    – adgray

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    awesome writing and congrats on your features !!! chookas lol

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