We find our way down the cliff,



And sphagnum,


And clover;


A muddy track

Provides the route.


Over style,

Past kissing gate,

We don’t pause.


And the cave mouth,


a painful yawn,

Dripping with hillside water

We crawl through.


Into the cold

and wet and dark.


Off-set by the brightness


Our phones;


We find a sheep skull


on slippery rock.


Someone has strategically positioned

Candles to the rear,



We feel our way,

Hands on

Slimy walls.


To the back,

Where the babies

Likely died




On that day,

300 people perished,

fires set by the MacLeod’s,

wiping out the islanders;

three times the population of today.


I imagine most would have died from the smoke,

Lack of oxygen

Or excess carbon monoxide;

The damp would have attenuated any heat

Or flames;



A miserable death.

massacre cave with ram

See here for more on the cave.

Published by rodkersh1948

Trying to understand the world, one emotion at a time.

2 thoughts on “Massacre

  1. The contrast between the description of the cliff flowers and the cave interior is so effective.
    I read the story of the cave – horrific, and then people collect ‘souvenirs ‘!
    A nightmare.
    A sad comment on the struggle for survival and on some aspects of human nature.
    (Presumably K9 was the only one then to pay attention to that notice!)

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