Poem: The Flag of this Island

The following is a poem by Professor Donald E Meek, Caolas. Donald is one of Scotland’s foremost Gaelic scholars and a prolific bard.

BRATACH AN EILEIN SEO

Bratach an eilein seo,

togaibh gu h-àrd i;

togaibh gu faramach,

togaibh gu làidir.

 

Bratach an eilein seo

togaibh gu càirdeil,

togaibh gu carthannach,

togaibh gu bàidheil.

 

Bratach an eilein seo,

togaibh gu fàilteach,

togaibh gu snasail i,

togaibh ‘s gach àite.

 

Bratach an eilein seo,

togaibh gu gràdhach,

togaibh gu h-aighearach,

togaibh gu dàn i.

 

Bratach an eilein seo,

Tiriodh nan tràighean,

Tiriodh nam machraichean –

togaibh an-dràsd’ i.

THE FLAG OF THIS ISLAND

The flag of this island

hoist it up prominently,

hoist it up crackingly,

hoist it up strongly.

 

The flag of this island,

hoist it in friendship,

hoist it with kindness,

hoist it with empathy.

 

The flag of this island,

hoist it in welcome,

hoist it up elegantly,

hoist it up everywhere.

 

The flag of this island,

hoist with affection,

hoist it up happily,

hoist it up fearlessly.

 

The flag of this island,

Tiree of sandy shores,

Tiree of the machairs –

hoist it immediately.