Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The rain splatters across my windshield. The wipers scrape a grating rhythm. Poor weather stripping makes loud air whistle to get inside. No sounds but for these, the rain and wind. Besides its setting, the sun has long been hidden behind inky wet clouds. Hills and mountains shrouded in billowing fogs.
My long drive from the "Welsh" city, made mysterious by the dark mists. Cars few and far between increase the stretch of darkness.
Misty Highlands from ancient times, feel close. Looking through the mist to the darkened hillsides, I can almost see long ago Scotsmen. Bagpipe reeds drone a melancholy melody through canyons and ravines. Kilts of various tartans and half cloaks blend in a bagand procession. A longing rises in me.
The lands of my ancestors. The British Isles where much of my heritage hailed from. There has always been a deep longing within me to see the green covered lands of lore. The luring pull of unseen places and beguiling stories of yore, entice my mortal existence to adventures.
To see my homeland, turned into such a place by spring rains, always turns my mind and heart to those lands that lie so far away.
- Picture of Scotland Highlands from Liz of Saltcoats, Scotland.