Today is the Autumnal equinox when there is equal day and night. It is a time of transition and preparing for winter; hunkering down for long nights.
So, my challenge to myself is to write a poem a day for one year. I may not succeed but I'll try. I feel it is a good thing to do and who knows, I may even get a few songs out of the process!
I'll write in Gaelic and English; whatever I feel like at the time. The poems will be posted here but I may put a few up on my Twitter and Facebook pages too.
Feel free to leave comments. Always good to hear from folk.
Here are some gigs I have done over the past few months... All very enjoyable. I feel very fortunate to be able to play music with some great artists and to very lovely audiences.
10 March - Latheron Village Hall (with McKerron, Brechin & Ó hEadhra)
11 March - Watten Village Hall (with McKerron, Brechin & Ó hEadhra)
12 March - The Ross Institute, Halkirk (with McKerron, Brechin & Ó hEadhra)
13 March - Keiss Village Hall (with McKerron, Brechin & Ó hEadhra)
25 March - Cèilidh Place, Ullapool (Brian Ó hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie)
29 March - Leith Folk Club (Brian Ó hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie)
01 April - South Uist Folk Club, Lochboisdale Hotel, S. Uist (Brian Ó hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie)
02 April - Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, N. Uist, (Brian Ó hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie)
A poem written in North Uist at a poetry workshop.
We leave the city
Noise, bluster, bolshy rhythm
The lochside road beckons like the next chapter of a good book
Is Nessie real you say
Of course she is says you
I think of Colmcille and Brude and what they would think
Where are we
Inbhir Moireasdan of the union flag
It gets me every time
The tranquil glen of holiday homes
Follow the yellow line across the page
The Five Sisters surround us
What are their names, what have they seen
Wonder, war, change, change, change
We cross the bridge like sliding along a whale's back
An t-Eilean Sgitheanach
Where Sgathach trained her warriors
The bay of Uig
Where Vikings once stood
Feels like a portal to another place
We weave our way through Loch na Madadh
The Bay of Dogs
Snapping at our heels
We reach Baile Sear
The east village now in the west
The ruins bring tears to your eyes
I was delighted to be asked to speak at this event along with Joyce MacMillan and Karine Polwart. My part starts at around 20 mins in.
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