Vallum Aelium

By 7th September 2014December 9th, 2019No Comments

As Hadrian didst build a wall; perchance to keep Scots hordes at bay
Yon Clansmen burned their bridges, swearing “no surrender, ne’er no more”
Tho’ legion twere by number ranked against them, they would have their say
With intermittent raids along its length; each to a man forswore
To purge their land forever of control from any outside force
A promise made by all to future generations yet unborn
Known history unfolded in a way which altered chosen course
As o’er the wall, raised armies ventured forth whilst leaving ‘Highlands’ shorn
An ‘Act of Union’ was proposed, with open borders to and fro
Foundations laid in hope of peaceful resolution on both sides
Hail ‘Vive la différence’ embraced; with friendships forged ‘afore ye go’
Yet still the ‘Auld Alliance’ irked with some, like two competing brides
Now all who dwell north o’ the wall, must choose just where their future lies
To span the years of history, to bridge the gaps or cut ‘Auld’ ties

Richard Gildea

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