Feorlean

By feorlean

LD 123 "A wood of birch trees, standing tall, ...

I saw this in passing this morning and took a picture because it reminded me of something which I couldn't quite place.

Then it came to me :

"Hallaig is where they survive, 
All the MacLeans and MacLeads 
Who were there in the time of Mac Gille Chaluim: 
The dead have been seen alive, 

The men at their length on the grass 
At the gable of every house, 
The girls a wood of birch trees 
Standing tall, with their heads bowed."

The birch features again and again in that wonderful poem,  and this translation is by the great Seamus Heaney.   

Comments
Sign in or get an account to comment.