Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Archie Gilkison

I've quietly been taking in the various stories, commemorations and musings formed up for the centenary of the Great War. Some good, some not so good; probably all very well intentioned. Here's a piece scavenged from the BBC about AG from Glasgow, describing his life and death. I think it's an interesting story and his work is impressive. The final poem is a belter:

I heard the piper blaw,
Wi my ain een I saw,
What ye can never knaw,
For I was Fey wha followed.

Archie Gilkison
1885 - 1916.

(and in more modern English)

I hear the piper blow,
With my own eyes I saw,
What you can never know,
For I was fated to die who followed.

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