Leaving Scotland Forever

leaving Scotland forever

across the loch into the glen
settling low on hillside heather
the morning mists moisten his eyes
brush his heart like snow white feather
this love he knows
will never go
leaving Scotland forever

across one more majestic bridge
into the sleeping city centre
soft drizzle falls like angels’ tears
a fitting start to this adventure
his doubt he knows
will never go
leaving Scotland forever

and she looks from a window there
with no more words to say
she too breaks slowly from within
as she sadly turns away

the lowlands pass beneath him now
the rolling hills abandoned
the verdant slopes are dull and grey
with sorrow and with chagrin
this ache he knows
will never go
leaving Scotland forever

Click here to hear this poem put to music by my California-based friend and musician extraordinaire Kris Anderson, who has captured quite  brilliantly both the mood of the poem and the heart-beat of Scotland:

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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9 Responses to Leaving Scotland Forever

  1. Susan says:

    That is “quite” lovely, in all seriousness. Are you going to publish your songs? In spite of being a Yankee, i do love Irish/Scottish tunes.

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  2. Mandie Hines says:

    I liked the description “hillside heather.” Such a sad poem/song captured by phrases like “soft drizzle falls like angels’ tears,” and “this ache he knows / will never go.” Sad but beautiful piece.

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  3. Dale says:

    What a lovely collaboration!

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