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Take Me Back to the Heather...
by Felix LeRoy Perry
Monday, April 28, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Purely a product of my imagination...

Take Me Back To The Heather


As the young soldier laid dying on the battlefield of the Bonnie Prince his mind to ease the pain of his suffering mercifully drifts off into the beloved highlands and as the last of the smoke clears over the chorus of moans and groans of the injured, in his mind he writes his own eulogy


I see the pipers marching in line

O’er the fields of purple heather

And the bonny lass I loved so well

Wears in her Tam a Robin’s feather


While the blazing sun in the sky

Brings a tear to her pretty eye

As she dreams of our last kiss

Before war said bye and bye


I’m laid out in the tartans

Of Clan Fitzroy of the Highland

My claymore is my badge

And my comrades close by stand


My Ma sheds her tears of regret

For the young boy she beget

As she looks at my scarred body

One more sight she’ll ne’er forget


For there’s the stone of me father

Of me Uncles, brother and cousin

They all died with honour afore me

When the pipes called the young men


Now the Thompson drums rattle

As they lower my body below

Where I’ll nourish the heather so…

it will continue to grow







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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 5/2/2008
You set this poem up so creatively, Fee. A fine piece to be proud of. Love how this pulls on the heart string and ends with a message of renewal. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill 4/30/2008
Clearly: war sucks. But if it brings out such a piece... who needs peace?
I didn't know that it was possible, my dear, but your creations -since #2000 - are dramatically improving.
Another smootch,
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 4/29/2008
A Master Piece!
Poetry Is Indeed Everywhere
Embraced ~ Embrasse'

(I do like me soldiers w/rasberry jam)
Me Scottland bud Dave in the UK taught me the meaning :)
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 4/29/2008
I remember reading about Robert Roy (Rob Roy) MacGregor, and Sir William Wallace, fighting for the rights and freedom of all of Scotland, against the English. You have written a very fine tribute to them, and to the fighting forces since, that have given their lives to defend their country. I felt the words in my heart, Felix, and they are very powerful words too. Publish this in every magazine that you can, including ones in the UK and Eire.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/29/2008
Ach, I can ne'er resist the dirge of those mournful pipes, Felix. And a bed of heather would be a glorious resting place, to be sure, as befits someone of stirling strength and character. So sure and steady and dignified within the outpouring of emotion. Highlands, lowlands... the Scottish hills and glens would welcome their own for certain sure. The feeling you pour into this feels positively native. Kate xx
Reviewed by Morning Star 4/29/2008
A powerful write it touch my heart
I could almost hear the pipes
a very deep feeling on this piece Fee
I agreed with Georg this is one of your very best!
Peace Love and...Hugesss...Morning star

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/29/2008
Oh my,beautiful writing sweet Fee...have a wonderful and safe day...Hugs
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/29/2008
A powerful piece, my friend. Those pipes have called far too many to an early grave.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/29/2008
Honor the soldiers which went forever sleeping on the glen slopes, as the bagpiper sings not in sorrow but with proud under a sunset sky showing mixed, all the tartan colors of each clan.
Fee, one of your very best! (a keeper!)

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/28/2008
Beautiful and touching write...maybe even one of my favorites.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/28/2008
i know this is sad but i sense beauty as well-beautifully written
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/28/2008
Wonderful heartfelt and extremely passion piece that reminds me of the Highlander Clans with all the bagpipes playing in the background. Very moving....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 4/28/2008
wow...thats good fertilizer!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/28/2008
Moving write Fee,,, Beautiful!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 4/28/2008
Masterful. Tears fell because war is so futile but it still continues and continues beyond rational reason. Excellent write. Liz
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 4/28/2008
This brought tears to my eyes, very melancholic write. You are a great poet, thanks for sharing this gem!
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/28/2008
Absolutely stunning write, for you Cuz this a bit different. I enjoyed it very much, Thank you for sharing.

Love ya face Cuz XOXOXO, Rose
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/28/2008
The poet in you shines in this moving poem that flows so smoothly.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/28/2008
So beautiful, Fee, this is my new favorite from you - well done -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 4/28/2008
The versatility of your poetry is amazing Fee. This is an entirely different voice from you and one that gave this reader great pleasure. Thank you for you talent. Hope you're feeling better.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/28/2008
Fabulous write, Fee; bravo! *clapping*

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 4/28/2008
Stunning write, Fee ~ excellent.
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