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Robert Burns, The Falls of Foyers & a Loch Lomond cruise

Here’s Part Two of my poetry blog written while I was on holiday in Scotland. See Part One below or follow the link https://weavingyarns1.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/the-kelpies-whisky-angels-a-salmon-ladder/

FALLS OF FOYERS

From Lines On The Fall Of Fyers Near Loch-Ness.
written with a Pencil on the Spot by Robert Burns, 1787 :

Still thro’ the gap the struggling river toils,
And still, below, the horrid cauldron boils.

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Go to http://www.robertburns.org/works/184.shtml for the rest of the poem

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After Robert Burns’ Lines On The Fall Of Fyers

Dear Rabbie,

To use the word ‘still’ in a verse about waterfalls,
twice in consecutive lines, seems at odds
with the subject and rather excessive.

However it’s true that the river falls still
and the bubbling whiteness is constant,
and maybe you made a poetic connection,

were thinking of whisky, the ‘cauldron’ a still
after frothing of single malt, water and yeast,
in spirit at least.

© Heather Wastie

LOCH LOMOND CRUISE COMMENTARY

Ben Lomond
‘Beacon Mountain’
on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond,
is the most southerly of the Munros.
      “I saw a herring!
It has tribute namesakes
in Tasmania, New Zealand,
Utah, Colorado
and British Columbia.
      “What kind of herring?
And appears in the well-known traditional Scottish song
“The Bonnie Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond”.
      “The one with long legs.”

© Heather Wastie

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