Peter Strugnell

Rookie - 357 Points (Portsmouth, England)

The Russel Burn - Poem by Peter Strugnell

Oh the cold air of the Kishorn burial ground,
and the ghost's there everywhere you turn,
the cold and the damp seems to follow you down,
to the brackish waters of the Russel Burn.

The Burn, the blood, and the porcelain shard,
an aching mitt and another lesson to learn,
I numb the hand and the ghost of the churchyard,
in the brackish waters of the Russel Burn.

There's a heart as cold as the Wester Ross,
there are ties that bind like a highland fern,
there's a sullied figurine nailed to a cross,
and the brackish waters of the Russel Burn.

The ghosts leave traces of residual pain,
as the ashes scatter from a broken urn,
tainted and tarnished and never the same,
oh the brackish waters of the Russel Burn.

Topic(s) of this poem: blood, ghosts, love and loss, passion, past, reading, scotland, spoken word

Poet's Notes about The Poem

'Poem of the day' on this site today 10 Mar 2015
Inspired by the rugged landscape of north western Scotland, the Russel Burn, Applecross and Loch Kishorn. (a 'Burn' is a stream or river) .The music extract is - 'The Dark Island' Scottish bagpipes - Jane Espie.

Comments about The Russel Burn by Peter Strugnell

  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen (3/10/2015 10:51:00 PM)

    Excellent poem! !
    Well deserved! !
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  • Kim Barney (3/10/2015 4:00:00 PM)

    Very nice. I would only make one change. Take out the apostrophe in line two; it doesn't belong in the word GHOSTS. Or on second thought, maybe it does. If you meant more than one ghost, then it doesn't. But if you meant the GHOST (singular) IS THERE, then it does belong!
    Well written, lad!
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    Peter Strugnell Peter Strugnell (3/10/2015 5:37:00 PM)

    Cheers Kim Barney, It is (as in your second thought) just one ghost, The ghost is there everywhere you turn. I had to be very carefull there as if it's plural it changes the whole meaning of the poem - which is otherwise open to everyone's personal interpretation. ;)

  • Francis Lynch (3/10/2015 7:47:00 AM)

    A superior poem. Well-done. Nice to read a really good Daily. (Report) Reply

    Peter Strugnell Peter Strugnell (3/10/2015 2:49:00 PM)

    thank you very much Francis

  • Paul Brookes (12/29/2012 3:47:00 AM)

    I'd be pleased to write just one poem as good as this Perfection Thanks for sharing Have a Happy New Year: O) (Report) Reply

  • Peter Strugnell (12/29/2012 1:49:00 AM)

    Lang may yer lum reek Luscious Larry' (long may your chimney smoke) (Report) Reply

  • Luscious Larry (12/28/2012 4:45:00 PM)

    Fantastic poem. A wee bit o' perfection Lad! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 28, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 23, 2015

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