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Hills Of Home

By Robina McLaren


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The keepers’ wives at Little Cumbrae in the early ...

Far across the ocean, on a tiny Scottish isle, a lonely light is calling, calling -

“Come back and visit for awhile.”

I see her rocky outline, her wild yet welcoming shores,

The seagulls’ nests, the cormorant’s perch -

Memory’s screen is showing more!

Mossy rocks below the lighthouse wall, fed by the misty rain

Tiny flowers cling to sea-worn cliffs -

I am a girl again!

Walking o’er the grassy slopes, enjoying the cold, salty air

Looking down towards the

lighthouse tower

For the light that beckoned

me there.

In stormy weather she guided ships safely through “The Tan”

Many a weary sailor accepted her keeper’s helping hand

When fog was thick, her foghorn blew a mournful warning note

Her light would flash - Sailor beware -The Clyde will claim your boat!

My mind yearns to linger, roaming Cumbrae’s hills

The lighthouse, seabirds’ nests, and the waters - grey or teal

View of the other islands, Arran, Bute, the misty Kyles

I am so glad the light called out -

I stayed there quite a while!

© Robina McLaren 1999

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