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Personal website of M.G. Daniel. Sharing poetry, my writings, snippets from my life and whatever's on my mind.

Some words about Scotland


A ‘ben’ is Scottish for a high mountain or mountain peak. This poem came out of a visit to Ben Nevis while visiting Scotland some time back. An English writer gave it a mention in a magazine article but seemed freaked out by my use of the phrase “this colonial monkey/In a first world jungle.” enjoy.


The Bens Of Scotland

They were breakers, lashing at the tidemark,

Crashing on the shore, they were pushed back

By cliffs to find their strength, refused a refuge

From the storms, they were lessons that urged


Let go, dive like the Scottish seabirds,

Always a net of waves to break their fall.

The restless seek, life and its adventures,

Are not the reckless, no love for misadventure.


Scottish bens confirm convictions.

Some people whine about oppression, some return

To potentials of a place all in the mind,

Somewhere to hook a tail, swing from history,


Renounce self-pity, like this colonial monkey

In a first world jungle who had delayed writing

To avoid a confrontation with the self; pacifists

Fear the scrutiny of justice, emotional masochists


Return always to the scene of sadness, where

Childhood traumas are replayed, dramas psychoanalysts

Produce for bank plans; healing Scottish scars

For fallen kings, teaching Africa can’t buckle belts


Of weather, pin down reigns of motherland monarchs,

But can mould a people – like an adult’s whip once

Forced a child to swallow one more hated morsel,

The bens of Scotland commanded, write one more line.


Author: M.G. Daniel

I am a lifelong scribbler who is now focusing on poetry and becoming more established as a writer.

3 thoughts on “Some words about Scotland

  1. Thank you, John. I have a soft spot in my heart for Scotland, though I’ve never been there. It’s where my ancestors are from.

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  2. Reblogged this on johncoyote and commented:
    Amazing poetry by a talented writer. Please read and enjoy.

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  3. I did enjoy the poem. I love Scotland. A beautiful place.

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