I’m not a poet, and I really do know it, but still, why not try and have fun with words I thought. This is exactly what I’ve done. I’ve written my first poem about my favourite island the Isle of Arran 💙
It took me a few months to think of the words, with room for improvement I feel. The hardest part for me was finding rhyming words that made sense. It was so difficult! I know poems don’t need to rhyme. They should make you think, analyse the words, work things out, like a puzzle.
I’m a plain English writer and words need to make sense for me to understand what a story is all about. I had an impulse to write in rhyme and also wanted it flow if I read it aloud.
I wrote my poem for Arran’s new Lagg Whisky Distillery poetry competition just to see how it faired. Suggestions were to:
“Capture the beauty of the Isle of Arran, the history of the island or the Arran spirit itself.”
My poem didn’t make it, but that’s okay. I wasn’t expecting to win anything as I’m very much an amateur at this. I’m also not an expert on whisky, but I now love to try a wee dram now and then. As you might already know, my very first whisky tour and tasting was at Lochranza on the island.
Either way, I was also planning on sharing my poem here on my blog as this was a new creative challenge for me. The journey in my mind, thinking of the places I’ve seen with my own eyes, then finding the words to describe this, was fun.
Congratulations to the winner and runners up! I’m really pleased for you all and also excited to visit the new Lagg whisky distillery when it opens in summer 2019 (officially opened on 12 June 2019).
I remember passing the new sign for the development when I walked the Arran Coastal Way in June 2017. Another beautiful place to stop for refreshments if you’re walking the coastal way, or just visiting.
My Arran poem
My vision was to write a few words about some of the beautiful villages on the island and also mention the history of the island’s whisky. A little taster of each, so to speak. These are the places I mention in my poem:
- Isle of Arran, Scotland in miniature
- Welcome home
- Whiting Bay
- Leaving Arran
Visuals are always good to use, so I added a few photos as a background to my words and inserted these as images below.
I also created a video of my poem which you can watch and listen to at the end of this post. There’s also subtitles that you can turn on via the YouTube player.
Tour of the Isle of Arran
Come with me on a tour around this beautiful island, through my eyes, expressing my feelings, using my words. I’d love to know what you think. I hope you enjoy it. 🥃
If you got this far, to the end, thank you for taking the time to read my first poem.
Videos of my poem
I felt inspired to create video footage to really bring my words to life. I’m pleased to say I finally finished creating these videos in September 2020.
I know this is a different blog post to my usual adventures, but it’s something I really wanted to write about so I can look back and enjoy the journey all over again 💙
Love, Dawn-Marie x