On 4th June, The Isle of Barra came together as “one big family” to celebrate the life of 14 year-old Eilidh Macleod, the “dear, beautiful” teenager who died in the Manchester bombing terrorist attack on 22 May. Eilidh herself was a piper with Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band.
Coffin on the sands of Barra Processed across the bay Piped to eternity By the winds of the Hebrides Lost to the world That nurtured her here In youth still full of joy At large on that southern stage Whereon she was slaughtered Bombed to death by bitterness Unleashed unbidden on humanity By senseless gross insanity By gullibility beyond belief Returned now in remembrance
A life’s peroration Grief’s threnody On love’s lasting hold on life
William Morris/Burne-Jones … ‘The Angel Of Sorrow’ – Stained Glass, Christchurch, Oxford
WE MOURN WITH MANCHESTER
So sad the sound Of wailing
Searching voices Blooded by fate Taut and tense Exuding fear Dread and anguish In frantic response to Vile and cowardly acts of The deranged Our response can only be Love for life For those distressed And retribution In whatever hereafter For the perpetrators
Their hatred Forever condemned