Argyllshire Gathering and Yes Scotland campaign for independence

I am not a political person and have no educated opinion on whether or not Scotland should vote to become independent from England on September 18th, 2014. But, the contrast of the peaceful politics of this vote in 2014 with William Wallace’s loss at Stirling Bridge in 1297 and the battle of Culloden which ended the Jacobite rising in 1746, moved me to write this poem.  I am proud of the United Kingdom, of England and Scotland for showing the world and humankind a better way, a peaceful way without more war.
argyllshire gathering
Argyllshire gathering and yes Scotland campaign
Argyllshire Gathering
and Yes Scotland campaign for independence

Cabers, stones, and hammers
tossed by kilted burly men.

Runners scramble to be the first
to overtake the hill and return.

Bagpipers pipe for judges,
tartaned men and women alike
squeeze out the haunting musical wails.

Tents flying clan crest flags
sell history to visiting distant blood.

Hundreds of ordinary people
slip away from their busy droning lives
to cheer on the games
and recall the stories of historic heroes
and legendary clans.

There is a lost spirit or courage
or some sort of old belonging
that the games attempt to rekindle.
We have romanticized the strength
and valor and kinship of the ancient highland Scots
like Lord of the Ring Dwarfs defeating the evil dragon.

These feats of strength and skill
connect us for a moment
to a time when men lived by their
guts and biceps and fortitude,
when fighting for family ties and territory
was a way of life.

What we forget
is that men and women
also lived in fear,
lived short hard lives
in a stone fortress
built on a wind-whipped cliff
with gun holes and look-out towers.

We forget that brothers conspired
against brothers and fathers
for the right to rule.

We forget that most people were poor
and those with wealth
sacrificed to keep it.

I think about Culloden,
about the men who died
at the hands of other men,
about William Wallace
who was drawn and quartered
for the same politics
that will be decided by a peaceful vote
on September 18, 2014.

Real strength and heroism
lies in cooperation,
in understanding,
and acceptance of differences.

Instead of kill or be killed
let us applaud
live and let live.

Maybe the gathering
is also symbolic of acceptance.
Travelers from all over the world
watch these gaming Scots.

Competing runners congratulate each other.
The strong men
carry the caber for each other
and chat between events.
Spectators are invited to
participate in a fun foot race.

For a few hours,
we are all Scottish.
We are all heroes
of a new emerging world,
a world coming together,
a greater humanity,
a humane humanity.

Yes to Scotland,
Yes to the world
Yes to team humanity.


About createthedawn

Dawn’s calling is for her poetry to “light the gloomy corners of the world.” She facilitates writing workshops both online and face-to-face and is a dynamic speaker on inspiration, innovation, change, and healing. Dawn believes in the power of poetry to process, to focus, to align, and to find our way to happiness and fulfillment. Thus, her business and her blog are called: create the dawn.
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2 Responses to Argyllshire Gathering and Yes Scotland campaign for independence

  1. Reblogged this on toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish) and commented:
    A very thought provoking and heartfelt poem combining the Oban Games and the Yes Scotland campaign.

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