Poetry Corner: Scotland Forever: Christie Grahame

Part IV Incubus

As nation first tae welded rise

Frae tribal wars where Freedom dies

An tyrants spurn their victims’ cries

As vultures feed,

There shone neebor  England’s eye

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A jealous  greed.


For as the bells o Freedom toll

The English f’und it hard tae thole

That Scotland played an equal role

In wordly things,

An planned tae hae a Ragman’s Roll

For Scottish Kings.


Chance came at last tae England’s aid

As owre the Border  William strayed

An Scottish Lion wis waylaid

Tae Scotland’s loss,

For then the ransom Scotland paid

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Made Henry boss.


But Richard, for the Third Crusade,

Accepted cash the Scots conveyed

An cancelled deal his faither made;

But seeds were sown,

An England’s future schemes were laid

Frae that day oan.


At Largs the Thistle’s jaggit stings

Brocht vict’ry owre the Viking Kings,

While Kinghorn’s cliffs disaster brings

Mair wae an pain,

For oan a wean the future hings

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Tae England’s gain.


For Edward, first o Nazi creed

An Fascist frae his taes tae heid,

As feudal Lord haud then decreed

His glaikit son

Wid wed the bairn, an then indeed

Wis Scotland won.


But Margaret, the Infant Queen,

Depairted frae the wordly scene

An dee’ed as though she haudnae been

In Kirkwall Bay,

Wi Edward fit tae burst his spleen

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His scheme astray.


Till Regents, tae King Edward’s glee.

Their rotten creed “Look efter me”,

Made Edward Scotland’s referee

In Royal quest;

Though Edward’s choice wid shairly be

For England best.


No for the first time nor the last

Withoot the people bein asked,

Wis Scotia rendered tae the blast

That Fates betide,

When Leaders for ain fortunes cast

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Their pride aside.


They sacrificed for selfish gain

Tae rule as pairt o Edward’s reign,

An Edward mad an half insane

Wi bluidy lust;

Tae hae aw Scotland for his ain,

Resistance crushed.

Scotland Forever: A History in 10 Parts

Part I In the Beginning

Part II Crime an Punishment

Part III Conception

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  1. I’m going to write something now, and it may mean that I appear a bit dim, but…it’s something I’ve often wondered about.
    When Lizzie One died, and James of Scotland became king – how come England, didn’t then come under Scots rule, rather than the other way round? I’ve been told that it was because James moved his court to London, as being more ‘central’ and important and all that. But….I’ve still never understood why Scotland was then under English rule, instead or the other way round, when the King of Scotland, became King of England.
    I’m not even proposing that that should have happened, or that it would have been a good thing, as, well, he was a bit of a dafty in many ways, but…I’ve just wondered.
    I suppose it’s to do with power politics or something like that.
    I’ll stick to gardening.

    • They shared the same monarch (not uncommon) but the parliaments were still separate – as was the church.

  2. I know that James ruled both nations, and ….Ireland too. What I’m looking at is how Scotland ended up under English rule, and harsh English rule, when there had, for a time, been a Scots king. I still don’t get it. Politics, I suppose, and the kind of politics I don’t follow very well. I’d probably need to read a lot of very heavy history books, to get some idea of how that situation came to be. Meanwhile, with my sometimes too direct way of approaching things – I still don’t get it. Do you see why?
    Maybe I need to have a solid conversation with an historian.

    And, on second thoughts – gardening is a very fascist occupation – “I don’t like you being where you are – out you go.”

    • Scotland and England are supposed to be in an equal union but that is I would say impossible when one has 10 times the population of the other.

  3. Yes, that’s something of what I was working round to – that one of the parties involved, sees itself, or is seen as, being ‘bigger’, or more ‘important’ than the other, and therefore England is seen as being ‘bigger’ than Scotland. So, when a king rules England AND Scotland, and Ireland, and I forgot Wales last time – sincere apologies to Wales! England will still be seen as being more ‘important’.
    I still don’t see how that explains England being so hard on Scotland, when a Scots king ruled them all at one time. I risk going on and on about this, and am smarting a bit from the response to my most recent story, so……I think I’ll maybe draw my horns in. “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.”
    How many times have I said that before? Once gobby, always gobby.
    Thanks for the discussion, Fiona. Christie’s epic poem has got me thinking about this again, with all it’s ramifications for today as well.
    It is what a free press is , or should be, about – provoking thought, discussion, exchange, posing and answering questions. ‘The Orkney News’ provides a platform for all these things and what could be seen as more ‘practical ‘ things too, such as Helen’s recipes.
    I say – “Publish and be damned”

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