"View of the City of Edinburgh" by Alexander Nasmyth‘Barney-Hill Moss Revisited’ by Sam Gilliland The Society March 5, 2018 Beauty, Poetry 9 Comments The unchanging moor, but heeds season’s call To don her different well-coloured weeds, My heart is cold, left lonely; waterfall And bright babbling brook, pretend their proceeds Quell the vast sorrows of this tranquil scene, I feel unsure; their songs, certainly sweet, Are not for me alone, my wise world, lean, Licentious, and bear-hungry, may yet cheat A mind trolling memories of childhood Seeking honesty instead of light lies Sculpted to suit a man misunderstood; Such is the bard’s fate, much to his surprise. Upset? It matters not, moss-covered stones Suck at water droplets, eager for their Life-giving properties; Nature hones Her cunning ways, cites rainbows, in prayer: I think, just a trick of refracted light, Light dancing off water, and deceiving Just when I need consolation’s slight Kiss; just enough to convince that grieving, Save for the broken heart of a lover, May well be a good cure for all that ails Dethroned desperados; love, left over In a heaving heart, often-times prevails. © Sam Gilliland. 5/2/18. 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. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 9 Responses Joseph Charles MacKenzie March 5, 2018 This is the quality and lyricism for which Scotland’s greatest living bard is particularly well known. Reply Sam Gilliland March 9, 2018 Thank you, Joseph. I think that most distinguished minds accept an occasional dip into reality and deal with it accordingly. Decorum in poetry is a thing apart from decorum in life and I think, also, that lyrical ballads/poems often represent emancipation, in both cases. Thank heavens for poetry! Aye & aye, Sam. Reply Carlijn March 6, 2018 As a young woman, I read books and consumed media about tragic young, waify girls with emotional problems. Girl, Interrupted comes to mind. And of course, I idealized the idea of being the beautiful, tormented girl whom everyone loves and says, “But she is so talented and so beautiful Like the hot, crazy, troubled girl. I knew SO many girls like this in the early and mid 90s.. Grunge culture didn”t help at all. So much of a “there is no space for the depth of my soul, my complicated being that is so tormented. I am not like you. And my difference makes me feel terrible and hate you all It”s not terribly dissimilar to what you”re describing here, except so much of our lives and self-destruction were focused around being a part of a man”s Kerouac-like destruction. Sitting next to him while he shot up, or cut himself, or trying to be his muse while starving ourselves and writing poetry that we showed nobody. Not long after, I discovered the best of Barbara Kingsolver”s first few books like The Bean Trees and suddenly I realized that wearing big boots was better if you were using them to kick ass, rather than skulk about. Reply Usa W. Celebride March 9, 2018 From Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter”: “Oh, brook! Oh, foolish and tiresome little brook!” cried pearl, after listening awhile to its talk, “Why art thou so sad? Pluck up a spirit, and do not be all the time sighing and murmuring!” Reply Sam Gilliland March 9, 2018 Interesting, Carlijn, that one would want to ‘kick ass’. Hardly the grandeur one expects when discussing the bit-parts of life. As to hate, that emotion is a bit like communism, self-destructive. Find refuge in poetry rather than venting spleen, or tilting at windmills. I suspect that there is a finely tuned lady beneath that gruff exterior, let her out! Aye & aye, Sam. Reply James Sale March 9, 2018 There is a great ease of expression in Sam’s work that show true mastery. There is nothing wrong with ‘romanticism’ per se but as a pose it is cliched, and the great thing about Sam’s language is that it is refreshed all over again. I love “Such is the bard’s fate, much to his surprise.” especially as it rhymes non too obviously with ‘light lies’. I am continually surprised and delighted by the quality of his writing; it ought to have a wider audience and a major collection should be published by some publisher who understands what poetry is and what it can aspire to be. Reply Joseph Charles MacKenzie March 10, 2018 Mr. Gilliland, is, in fact, a bard who wears the triple crown of Scots, Gaelic, and English in his works. This important truth of his life has been recognized by no less than Sangschaw, the foremost advocate of Scots language and poetry, when it awarded Mr. Gilliland the most important prize a bard could ever win, namely the MacDiarmid Tassie. We Americans often have a difficult time understanding poets whose verses reflect actual reality, primarily because our culture is completely divorced from it. Sam Gilliland’s poetry is not separable from his actual life. It is his very mode of existence. And I believe it is this singular fact which gives his verses all their force. Reply Bard Eucewelis March 9, 2018 The changing forest heeds the season’s ever moving call of autumn, winter, spring and summer, back again to fall. We leave, but still recall the diamond waterfall we seek, that fell across the well-placed log upon the flowing creek. The melancholy of the scene comes from the broken heart that wishes it could start again, but has to be a…part. It’s true, the bard’s fate, much to his surprise, is hard as stone. He cannot stay with those he knew, he has to be alone. We all move on. But still it is not easy to forget the trickle of refracted light, the ferns, the trees, the friends. Reply Sam Gilliland March 17, 2018 How incisive, Bruce. Normally my work epitomises life, obviously with a backward glimpse. Humility, I disguise in poetry and poetry offers the kind of distraction that leads to a positive response to all that has happened to me – even though I well understand the need to ‘not romanticise reality’. Frankly, I deliberately offer evocative liturgical lyrics purely to benefit our elegant art. What others do with this merely reinforces my feelings about the muse. My thanks to all involved is sincere and heartfelt. Aye & aye, Sam. Reply Leave a Reply to Carlijn Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. 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