Poetry

I have been writing poetry for over twenty years, most of which has been written for, or has been turned into songs, some of which used as spoken word alongside music, and some as stand-alone poetry.

On this page I will be showcasing the latter stand-alone poems as spoken word performances in both video and audio forms.


Div yi ken far yi cum fae?

The first poem ‘Div yi ken far yi cum fae?’ is a poem written in the ‘Doric’ language. Doric is a minority Scottish language mostly associated with the North-East of Scotland. This poem is about ‘Cultural Identity’ (Poem is written out underneath video).

div ye ken far ye cum fae
div ye mine fa ye are
is aire shame that surrounds ye braakin at faa
faain doon intae minin minin fa ye are
faain doon an yer whinin minin fa ye are

bit ets bonny en ets braw en ets beautiful en ets rale
en ets aathin yiv binn lukin fur

div ye ken far ye cum fae
div ye fa ye are
is aire shame that surrounds ye braakin at faa
faain doon inta minin, minin fa ye are
faain doon an yer whinin minin fa ye are


Scotland

This second poem ‘Scotland’ is a poem about National Identity and personal empowerment.

Dinna you wait fir sumbody else tae gee tae you your freedom
An dinna you wait fir sumbody else tae tak awa yir strife
Jist breath in an feel yir ain might
Jist breath in an gee the gift o life

An they say its an auld wives tale that the land speaks
An they say its an auld wives tale that the land weeps
Bit I can tell yi o a story o great strength an wonder
Far the Scottish folk sound at once like thunder

An I can tell ye o stories o fit came before
O old hatreds injustice o great pain an war
An I can tell ye o a freedom that lives in us aa
An I can tell ye o a freedom that maks us stan tall

So I say tae my neighbour as I shak o your han
Only as equals can we unite as we stan


I am the Laird

This third poem ‘I am the Laird’ is a poem covering the themes of land-ownership and lordship over place/people. In writing this work I have placed myself in first person imagining that I am a Laird and land-owner in Scotland and that I have decided after much contemplation to hand over my rights and land to the people of Scotland.

I am the Laird

For I am the laird, the lord of the land. Through the power of my hand, I set these things un-done.

I relenquish my land for community use in the name of Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
I give to you our people, the soil that makes us whole. I give back to you our Eden, for it has taken its toll.

A gift of unity from pain and separation, hoping for democracy, an indigenous revelation. A circle counted as elders, a language that comes first and foremost from the Soul.

I give to you our people, the soil that makes us whole. I give back to you our Eden, for it has taken its toll.

Scotland, Rise – Be a Nation again.


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