Aonghas MacNeacail

(1942 / Isle of Skye)

Aonghas MacNeacail
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Aonghas MacNeacail was born in 1942 on the Isle of Skye.

He is a well known Scottish poet, writing in the Gaelic language. He also works as a journalist, broadcaster, researcher, scriptwriter and librettist.

He studied at Glasgow University and took part in several writer’s fellowships. He also received several writer’s bursaries and prizes for his literary works, such as the Grampian Television Poetry Award and the Scottish Association for the Speaking of Verse Diamond Jubilee Award. He does not only write poetry but also works for the theatre, the radio, television and for movies. He does all of this in either Gaelic or English. In his works he discusses the ... more »

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Best Poem of Aonghas MacNeacail

Child of the sun, child of the moon

and your face at the window,
child of memory,
as you count the snowflakes

and your face at the window,
child of the sun,
with your great eyes of gold

like the lantern which harbours
an unchanging flame
through the darkness of need

your reward to approach, now,
the sparkling tree
on your vision's white fields

and your back's to the window
as enclosing dusk
secures your treasures

your head on the pillow,
child of the moon,
in your blanket of hopes

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