I had the great fortune to stay at Spedlins Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland with hubby and friends in July 2022 for a old mates University reunion. This is without a doubt, a stunning place, definitely, a location to inspire colour poetry! Actually, I think this would be a wonderful location for a writer’s retreat.
For my 1st poem, I chose the colour Green and prompt word, Earth Magic.
Green topiaries, lawns, A garden of earth magic, Old friends reunite, Curious nooks and crannies, Confessions and ghosts.
My next poem is inspired by an open white window, (see below,) and the ghost, ‘James ‘Dunty’ Porteous who was the miller for the Village of Milhousebridge and delivered bread to the Baronet, Sir Alexander Jardine, at Spedlins Tower. James was well known for his quarrelsome nature,’ he was purported to be trapped under the staircase trap door at Spedlins Castle! Do not fear, the ghost has apparently long since been exorcised! Nevertheless, I do sense some unusual happenings at Spedlins… That’s it charm! Watch out for bats, white stone geese and creepy goings on.
You can read more about poor Dunty here: https://ghosts.fandom.com/wiki/Spedlins_Tower
White window ajar, Tranquil scene that time forgets, Cruel dungeon's trapdoor, Abandoned man, peace broken, Confessions and ghost stories.
And my next poem is inspired by this beautiful single yellow flower on a tree…
Blushing photos, lover's art,
Single yellow bud,
Clarity, sunshine and joy,
Brushstrokes, love, lush green spaces.
Here’s a photo of the steep staircase… thank goodness for comfy shoes and that rope to hold onto. We weren’t sleeping up on the highest floor but some of our friends were!
M J Mallon
And beautiful walks…
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