Colin Ian Jeffery
Highlander's Farewell - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery
Alone in darkness he stands
Unseen behind rocks on a beach
Washed and worn by salty tides
Bidding adieu to his bonnie prince
Who fled from the bloody battlefield
Leaving crushed the flower of Scotland
Men and boys - youngest only nine
Massacred among the heather.
Small of stature, immense in clan pride
Blood-splattered kilt in tatters
The Highlander waits for dawn.
Men like shadows creep across the shingle
Huddling against the cold in a rowing boat
As they pull away from the shore
Into a hazy mist hiding a French warship
With sails set for France.
Only the Highlander remains on the beach
As in tears he raises his claymore in salute
Shouting into the howling wind
"Will ye nay come back again? "
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