Talk not to me of blue or green,
orange, pink or purple,
but of the yellow lightness of that night;
a couple locked in an embrace.
Say those shades will spread their wings,
those souls find true sanctuary
and leave us here, amid the debris,
to re-weave our shattered understanding.

Bradan Press brings you this poem preview from Lus na Tùise / Lavender, a volume of new Scottish Gaelic poems by Marcas Mac an Tuairneir coming out in November 2016.

‘Speactram’ was written in response to the mass shooting on June 12, 2016 at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The poem has been set to music twice, firstly by Gillie MacKenzie and secondly by Mary Ann Kennedy for her album ‘Dàn’.

If you can’t make it to the launch on 11 November, or our events in Glasgow & Edinburgh on 12 & 13 November, then special order your copy from your favourite local bookstore or buy online:

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