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Summer Isles By David Tallach
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These haiku offer an intense Gothic celebration of summer. There are portraits of four separate graveyards in the Highlands; interspersed with evocations of the light and beauty of the Summer Isles;... More > standing stones at the Clava Cairns just outside Inverness, and Callanish in Lewis; the memory of Somerled, a twelfth-century Norse-Gaelic warrior who ruled the Western Isles; and the crumbling of sandcastles on the last Bank Holiday of August.< Less
Prayers for Maria By David Tallach
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These haiku are intended for the comfort of a friend. There is one for each day of the month. The writer hopes it will help focus her eyes on Jesus, and assures her of his support from a distance.
Snow Train Coming By David Tallach
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These haiku celebrate winter, a time of warm fires on short, bright days, challenged by darkness and the cold, which comes in various stages of cruelty. The day of the steam train in history was... More > similarly short, but warmed the hearts of many while it lasted.< Less
Snow Train Coming By David Tallach
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These haiku celebrate winter, a time of warm fires on short, bright days, challenged by darkness and the cold, which comes in various stages of cruelty. The day of the steam train in history was... More > similarly short, but warmed the hearts of many while it lasted.< Less
Maria In the Highlands By David Tallach
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These haiku commemorate the visit of a long-term dear friend from America to the author’s part of the world, the Scottish Highlands. It was a delight to share his country’s art, culture,... More > heritage and walks with her.< Less
East Highland Gothic By David Tallach
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These poems were written between 1997 and 2003. They evoke a strong sense of Scottish history, on the land and at sea, in places ranging from Aberdeen to Cromarty (the main setting, especially for... More > local myths such as Captain Reid’s mermaid and the Sutors) and further north into the Highlands. Although there is a heavy sense of decay, in buildings, machines and people, this is due to the passing of time. Only the landscape remains pure and undefiled.< Less
The Sands of Time Are Sinking By David Tallach
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These poems were written in 1998 due to a bereavement. My Uncle Fraser, an unusual, talented and remarkable man by any standards, passed away from cancer. These poems were written in the sure and... More > certain hope of meeting with him again in heaven, and also celebrating the Highlands that we shared and loved.< Less
East Highland Gothic Volume Two By David Tallach
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These poems build on the first volume of the same name in looking at local history over the centuries. This one evokes the Pictish (Iron Age and Early Medieval) culture, left behind in many richly... More > carved stones up and down the east of Scotland. Some of these still stand in their original locations, some have been taken into the care of museums, such as Groam House in Rosemarkie in the Black Isle, where the author used to volunteer. The Rosemarkie Cross is the pride of their collection. The second part of this volume looks at Later Medieval history, up to the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Throughout the collection, the past comes to life in vivid detail as the seasons change, people live and die and nature is always beautiful.< Less
A Light for You By David Tallach
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These poems are for the comfort of a friend, who suffered the loss of her son from cancer. The writer has borrowed themes from CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia to create empathic and uplifting themes... More > reflecting on Jesus' ultimate victory over all death and sadness. 'The light shines in the darkness... The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.' (John 1: 5,9)< Less
The Red Line of Descent By David Tallach
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Autumn is the best of seasons, combining the last colourful flourishes of summer with the chilly onset of winter. These short poems celebrate the fall of summer, the shortening of the days and the... More > approaching realism of winter. The colour red is also at its most vibrant and meaningful in autumn.< Less