The Shadow Of Beinn Bhreagh

The Shadow Of Beinn Bhreagh

A Poem by Farrell MacLachlin

I've climbed the Highland summit 
overlooking Ceilidh Brae
down to Weeping Meadow 
where the hounds of hell would bay
and maybe I was dreaming 
when I stumbled home at dawn
the pipes were playing softly 
and Elizabeth was gone

There's a ghost on every corner 
with a needle in his hand
making seven angels 
in the Nova Scotia sand
Leviathan goes dancing 
in the rising eastern tide
barking at the voices 
that are buried deep inside

Sometimes I think of dying 
when I hear an evening breeze
Whispers of salvation 
in the leaves of maple trees
We shared a drink with Wallace
he was trembling with grief
The Margaree was haunted 
by a fiddler and a thief

Songs of ancient Gaelic 
have bled throughout the years
The drums had fallen silent 
as she dried her celtic tears
I Kissed the sovereign angel 
in the shadow of Beinn Bhreagh
and whiskey gave me courage 
in the eventide of day

I've witnessed rivers burning 
as they fled into the sea
Avalon was never meant 
for blades of grass like me
My heart is beating gently
with the rhythm on the shore
Dreaming of Victoria
the widow of Bras'dor


© 2017 Farrell MacLachlin



Author's Note

Farrell MacLachlin
This is for my home. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

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' I've witnessed rivers burning _ as they fled into the sea ~ Avalon was never meant for blades of grass like me.. '

What truly fine metre - start to finish, wraps around a tale of yore! The words flow smoothly down the glass page, leaving a trail of glory in their wake.

Great to read words written with pride in one's land.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


I have no words.....my voice is in my awe!! (at times this has the vibe of Wordsworth's Yarrow Unvisited... this is nonetheless fantastic!). Well done!

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Farrell MacLachlin

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for being so kind as to read and leave such nice comments on my work. They are truly appre.. read more
emipoemi

2 Weeks Ago

It was a pleasure to read.Thank you for sharing.
Wow. This was lovwly. And beautoful. Rhank you for sharing thos wonderful piece of work with us.:-)

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Farrell MacLachlin

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Jackie.
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Tales of Cape Breton
Sweet memories of yore
So expressively written
It will lift hearts for sure

Thank you for the heartwarming read

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Farrell MacLachlin

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. It is very much appreciated.

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