Poem for October

The mum man A long time ago and far, far away a boy sat with his mum in a café and there were two men flicking sugar at each other – grown men. One looked at him then his mum and said ‘cute kid’ which made her smile, then he asked the boy if he …

Poem for September

The Wishing Tree I stand neither in the wilderness nor fairyland but in the fold of a green hill the tilt from one parish into another. To look at me through a smirr of rain is to taste the iron in your own blood because I hoard the common currency of longing: each wish each …

McLellan Poetry Competition 2021. The Results are in!

The McLellan Poetry Competition Winners Presentation Evening took place at the end of last month. Here is a review from the McLellan Poetry Competition committee and a list of this years winners and commended poems. The winning poem is reprinted below. Due to the continuing Covid uncertainty this year, the McLellan Arts Festival Committee sadly …

Poem for July

Raspberries Once, as a child, I ate raspberries. And forgot. And then, years later, A raspberry flowered on my palate, and the past Burst in unfolding layers within me. It tasted of grass and honey. You were there, watching and smiling. Our love unfolded in the taste of raspberries. More years have passed; and you …

Poem for June

A poem for Kenmure Street Stand-off /Home schooling he shouldn’t be there under that van the man that’s lain down in Kenmure Street he could get hurt two neighbours of ours my Daddy says the van’s for them they shouldn’t be here West Minister says all the people just standing there all the police lined …

Poem for May

Silent Space The spring, softened and acquiescent, with her bees humming and gnats dancing threw her cloak about her, veiled her eyes, averted her head, and among passing shadows and flights of small rain seemed to have taken upon her a knowledge of the sorrows of mankind. By Virginia Woolf Sent in by a Voice …

String Road Romance

In last months Voice for Arran, Alice Maxwell reported on the Arran Drama Festival which was held on ArranSound radio in February. One of the pieces performed was String Road Romance, written by Elizabeth Ross. Elizabeth has kindly agreed for it to be printed here in the Voice. Elizabeth is a talented humorous poet and local …

Poem for April

Spring Equinox dearest earth mother   of returning balance of welcome light to our lives of heat to our tired bones&spirits   this surreal winter now behind us healing regeneration in front time to plant seeds   of hope love thankfulness of sweet peas marigolds sunflowers in my dreams summer tides ebb&flow calling sounds of …

Poem for March

Zeitgeist Doggerel See the fools on the Hill staring at their                                                                                          …

The Gal-Gael Peoples of Scotland

The following poem by Alistair McIntosh was sent to us by Voice reader Christina McQuarrel. For the full transcript with associated notes please see here. The M77 Motorway Protest in Glasgow during the 1990s is reminiscent of the current protest against the HS2 High Speed Rail construction and can be seen as another example of …