AnElephantCant tell you how much fun he has
When he visits Dumbarton Castle
It sits high on a rock
It is quite a walk
It most certainly is worth the hassle
This volcanic plug is shaped like AnElephant
A fact he shares with no little pride
The head is the lump
Sitting high over the
bum buttock rump
With panoramic views over the loch and the Clyde
To the east lies the city of Glasgow
Which you see over the Erskine Bridge
Museums art galleries
Restaurants with high calories
You find that more than your soul is enriched
Westward the Irish Sea and Atlantic
Before that the river widens out to a Firth*
With its sea lochs then Arran
With Goatfell so barren
And Bute the loveliest spot on this earth
To the north is the beautiful Lomond
With its Ben at the faraway end
The Leven flows down
And snakes through the town
Meeting the Clyde with a clever u-bend
The castle has seen occasional trouble
AnElephant is not having a laugh
Its key situation
Proves its worth to the nation
Under attack from the Vikings and then the Luftwaffe
The first residents did trade with the Romans
Legend says Merlin hung out at this spot
There is a prison for holding
The troops of Napoleon
And it was once home to Mary Queen of Scots
Its history is certainly quite varied
The cannon leave a poor Elephant deafened
Something for each taste
And the views are like looking on heaven
*Firth – Estuary
I know Christina loves your whimsy and is sure you’re Dr Seuss reincarnated (and I agree there too) but these are my favorite of your posts. You educate and inform in an interesting and beautifully lyrical manner that draws the reader in. The photographs are exceptional also. An excellent post. 🙂 xo
As soon as you see ‘Vikings’ you are happy!
But thank you and beautiful Christina for your over-the-top praise, warms the cockles of a grey old heart.
Happy you enjoyed it all.
Je comprends pourquoi Merlin
L’ancient sage magicien
Regardait un autre Avalon
Ou est le chateau Dumberton
C’est sublime et fantastique
Dans ton regard magique
Trop gentille, comme d’habitude.
Great poem Brian and I love the piccys! Wow… so many beautiful places to see in Scotland. I hope I live long enough to see them all someday 😉
You’ll be here, sweet Roxi, and only 15 minutes from Loch Lomond!
Wow! How did I miss visiting that? Or maybe the pictures were taken on the first clear day for the past ten years? 🙂
Not really on the tourist trail, ol’ Damperton-sur-Leven!
And no, don’t be so cheeky!
We had sunshine just last year, or maybe the one before or ….
Yes, wait! I was able to swim in Loch Lomond on one morning! Then the weather turned verra awfu’.
I have to thank AnElephant
He has told us all about the castle
I love buildings of that age
They have history of a sage
But that is all part and parcel
It has a few tales to tell, for sure!