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An Exile's Hail or Farewell? ©

Fleming Carswell
Argyll, Scotland
2004

Master the road, climb the hill,
vistas of sea and summits thrill,
little mark of people's will.

Buntings fly over Nevis,
above crags and abyss,
above heather and orchids.

In Fort William and its locality
talk favours sport or morality
as little chance of changing reality.

Twin monuments there reveal
the inequality of the human deal.
One is to Cameron of Locheil
a respected chieftain who died mature;
one to soldiers - dead young and poor.


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