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Bannockburn: we won! (again)

December 10, 2012

In haste: I’ve just read in today’s Scotsman newspaper that the unanimous choice of Dancing Beastie’s readers has been echoed by other voters and by the judging panel for the poem for Bannockburn.

‘Organisers said Ms Jamie’s won by a “clear majority” and the decision was supported by judges including Scots Makar Liz Lochhead’ according to the Scotsman. Jamie’s poem is therefore the one chosen to be inscribed on the rotunda at the new Bannockburn visitor centre. You can read the full Scotsman article here and, thanks to the foresight of Perpetua from Perpetually in Transit, you can read Jamie’s poem below.

Here lies our land: every airt
Beneath swift clouds, glad glints of sun,
Belonging to none but itself.
We are mere transients, who sing
Its westlin’ winds and fernie braes,
Northern lights and siller tides,
Small folk playing our part.
‘Come all ye’, the country says
You win me, who take me most to heart.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2012 11:18 am

    Well done Ms Jamie. And to all of you who voted for her poem.
    I fear you will endure what we are enduring for the War of 1812 – endless rounds of analysis, retelling, and yes, gloating. The re-enactments have been fun, though.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      December 14, 2012 11:16 am

      Re-enactments are always fun: all the glamour, none of the gore.

  2. December 10, 2012 11:25 am

    Wonderful, DB! It’s nice to have one’s choice vindicated. 🙂 The simplicity and appropriateness of this little poem makes me want to read more of Kathleen Jamie and I noticed that my Highland son-in-law has one of her books in his Christmas wish-list. Now off to read the Scotsman article….

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      December 14, 2012 11:18 am

      I’m sure you would enjoy reading Kathleen Jamie. ‘Sightlines’, her first book of essays, is a book I thought quite wonderful. Her new collection, ‘Findings’, is on my shelf awaiting a quiet moment or two.

  3. hmunro permalink
    December 10, 2012 3:51 pm

    Yes! So happy to read that Ms. Jamie’s poem prevailed — especially upon reading it for a second time, and finding it even more beautiful and poignant.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      December 14, 2012 11:20 am

      That’s the mark of a good poem, isn’t it? However short it is, you can come back to it and find more meaning, more food for thought. A most worthy winner.

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