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  The battlefield gleams
intermittently
beneath a weak sun
on light snow
but remains cold
and still

Down past the silent graves
(speaking volumes)
past the monument
the clamor and clash
of battle
the stramash and passion
the heat and smoke
hot blood turning cold
as it met the air
on an April day

Highlanders slaughtered
like wounded cattle,
the Government injured carried
to the dark bloodied cottage
where crude instruments
cut short their silence
or their screams

On a late February afternoon
the fatal landscape
shines blackly
as the thin snow
melts over peat,
looking like puddles
of old blood
between the tussocks.



Culloden was the last battle fought on Scottish soil



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