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Here’s one for Alex Salmond!

First Minister Alex Salmond


(a Roman artefact discovered in Jan., 1997 in the River Almond,

near Cramond)



Celtic prey, you’re about to be ravaged

in the savage amphitheatre method.

Bored tyrants only have to drop their thumbs.

Your arms are back-stretched, yet it does not bite.


Native populations felt such talons-

and teeth.  Yet Pliny once remarked that lions,

alone of wild beasts, show mercy to those

who will prostrate themselves as conquered foes.


A Roman carved it, shaped sandstone to beast.

Why do the snakes on its plinth crawl away?

Are they deserting Caledonia?

Will our ancestral spirits leave us too?


Ferryman, your sighting of this statue

caused its salvage, as the Lion Rampant

tosses its wild mane, unsheaths its claws,

unscathed by its submersion in Time’s silt.


Will Scotland’s lion be merciful to those

who kept it as a leisure ornament;

stained it with iron salts of industry;

chucked it down the river when the time came?


Both inefficient walls have crumbled now;

tides and tables eventually been turned.

Iron has entered the lion’s soul.

Puissant once more, pray it licks those who bow.

English: Cramond Lion - an exhibit in the Roya...

English: Cramond Lion – an exhibit in the Royal Museum, Chambers Street. The statue, actually a lioness, was found in the mud of the River Almond by ferryman Robert Graham in 1997, close to the site of a Roman fort, established around 140 AD. Graham received a £50,000 reward for recovering one of the most important Roman finds in Scotland. It took two years under controlled conditions before it was dried out and could be displayed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)