Stirling Castle


Stirling Castle – main gate











upon sill’s glaciated crag

stone walls still stand

as ramparts command

crossing of river Forth


cobblestoned court within

ancient cemetery without

flags fly proud heraldry

tasseled tartans wave


hart hides in old forest

hounds give baying chase

magic harp plays minstrel

ballad sung in six cantos


Wallace won bridge

Bruce besieged English

James built royal palace

Mary in chapel crowned


cannons military presence

spark modern imagination

Holy Rude bell tolls history

of the legendary Snowdoun


Read Sir Walter Scott’s poem, “The Lady of the Lake”, with home-educated son.  Linking to dVerse poetics prompt “if walls could talk” with Mish.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Bryan Ens
    Nov 03, 2016 @ 07:42:36

    So much history, and so many stories within those walls.


  3. Brian
    Nov 03, 2016 @ 06:46:33

    So many tales the walls speak of when the flags fly. Thanks for bringing these all together.


  4. georgeplace2013
    Nov 03, 2016 @ 05:56:58

    There is just something so romantic about castles and that time period. Well done


  5. Sanaa Rizvi
    Nov 03, 2016 @ 03:30:28

    This is absolutely gorgeous writing, Lynn 😀 especially love “magic harp plays minstrel ballad sung in six cantos” ❤️


  6. NJ
    Nov 03, 2016 @ 02:36:57

    You get to learn so much when you read different takes on prompts. This is something I didn’t know about the castle and it’s so wonderful to read about it in such a lovely manner 🙂


  7. hypercryptical
    Nov 03, 2016 @ 01:09:46

    Such history there is in this world of ours, echoing in the walls for evermore.
    Anna :o]


  8. Glenn Buttkus
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 17:37:11

    Ah Scotland, Wallace & the Bruce, rubbing shoulders with Lancelot & Merlin; what a whirlwind fanatical dialogue from castle walls.


  9. Mish
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 13:36:02

    You brought the castle and the times back to life! 🙂


  10. Prajakta
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 11:42:07

    This is a piece of history I am not aware of at all. Thank you for introducing 🙂


  11. kanzensakura
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 11:02:52

    Wonderful poem. I shall have to re-read this version of the lady in the lake.


  12. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 11:02:01

    Lady of the Lake is extensively dealt with on the ‘net. Thanks for highlighting a famous poem lynn!



  13. Bar None Group (@barnonegroup)
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 10:40:22

    While I have not been “over there” your poem brought me back to Manhattan and The Cloisters. Thank you for the excursion your words set forth for me.


  14. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 10:40:07

    Oh i do love this.. so much to learn from poetry… I have to read Lady of the lake.


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