poemof the moment
Hope – Star in the skies Expectation – Rocket and star in the skies.
about the poem
This poem, both in its original Gaelic and translated into English by Ronald Black, features on one of the SPL’s eight National Poetry Day poem cards. In total over 300,000 poem cards have been distributed around Scotland to celebrate National Poetry Day in Scotland 2015 on Thursday 8 October. We can’t wait to hear how the cards have been used.
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This gentle and contemplative list poem guides us through the journey we all go on when encountering something new, feelings which can be experienced across a whole range of life events – new jobs, new babies, new homes, new projects, new relationships. The punctuation and structure almost makes me want to hold my breath until the comforting final two lines.
Maoilios Caimbeul/Myles Campbell is a poet, novelist and teacher, working mainly in Scottish Gaelic and living on Skye. He has been Honorary Bard of Comunn Gàidhlig Inbhir Nis / Gaelic Society of Inverness since 2012. He has published eight collections of poetry, including a selected poems 1974 – 2006, Breac-a’-Mhuiltein (Coiscéim, 2007) and The two sides of the pass /Dà thaobh a' bhealaich, with Mark Goodwin (Two Ravens, 2009).