"Glencoe, Glasgow" by Horatio McCulloch‘Haunted’ by Sam Gilliland The Society November 14, 2017 Beauty, Poetry 10 Comments Haunted, by a recurring memory, Suffocating, where gladioli grow, Gaunt, with grief, heart stilled, ever passionless, Those dream-filled nights, devoid of charity, Make of slumber a fierce, eternal foe, With you, my love, a bride of bitterness. Thus, spectral songs echo after last light, Where hurtful remembrance always occurs, Oft musing on the mourner’s useless tears, Regardless of his tragic loss, his plight – Hungering to end an enduring curse; Here, sorrow may make skeletons of years. You, ensheathed within that cassock of clay, I, fleshing the ebbtide of yesterday. © Sam Gilliland. Residing in Scotland, Sam Gilliland is a champion of Lallans (the Scottish language) poetry and a recipient of Sangschaw’s prestigious MacDiarmid Tassie. With three previous collections of poetry published his work in Scots includes A Rickle O Banes (Penny Wheep Press). Founder/Secretary of Ayrshire Writers & Artists Society the organisation became the home of The Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, to which he devoted twenty eight years of his life as co-administrator and judge. Related Post ‘Statues’ and Other Poetry by Charles Bauer Statues A Villanelle Two Buddhas now a lost reality, A crowd chants loudly near a pile of stone; Across the South you won’t find General Lee. T... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 10 Responses James Sale November 15, 2017 Very powerful poem – haunting too in its evocations. Marvellous work. Reply Sam Gilliland December 13, 2017 James, I already know of your powerful influence upon contemporary poetry, and delighted that you are continuing a path we both seem to have tread upon. Aye & aye, Sam. Reply Leo Yankevich November 15, 2017 You are, Mr Gilliland, a poet with a unique voice and style, a master of unobtrusive yet compelling metre and rhyme. Yet again you have given us another gem. Reply Sam Gilliland December 13, 2017 Leo, I suspect you, too, are a poet of imagination and refined taste. Aye & aye, Sam. Reply Ram November 16, 2017 What powerful imagery! Great job! Reply Sam Gilliland December 13, 2017 Thank you, Ram. May you continue with your own work uppermost in mind. Aye & aye, Sam. Reply David Hollywood November 23, 2017 Heart rending and potent. A great poem. Reply Sam Gilliland December 13, 2017 Thank you Ram. Comment greatly appreciated. Aye & aye, Sam. Reply Sam Gilliland December 13, 2017 David, I am delighted that my poem gave you joy, which, frankly, is the one real reason one strives for in our elegant art. Aye & aye, Sam. Reply Sam Gilliland December 13, 2017 David, I thank you and wish you a prosperous and literary Xmas as well as a delightful New Year! Aye & aye, Sam. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.