Our lady of the Isles

Hardly invisible
from the ground you reach for the sky
at thirty feet high.

A gentle mother reminding us of peace
as soldiers bused by from north to south
to test fire on the range every day
but you
you hold your own most powerful weapon
as the child in your arms.

Standing on the Hill of Miracles
it certainly was one the day
something returned that was not
on the flight plan
and almost landed at your feet
causing a huge outcry.

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When I was stationed on Benbecula it was a test firing range where army and air force regiments would come and practice firing the newest ground to air missiles and fighter aircraft would also practice firing at targets other aircraft had being pulled behind them.
I was a tracking radar op, it meant as opposed to following a huge sweep of info like on a round screen, our radar ‘locked’ onto one individual target and followed wherever it went without loosing sight of it’s flight path, height etc.
One day we’d fired a (new back then in the 70’s) drone and instead of returning on it’s proper flight path it somehow went quite haywire and dive bombed…landing right beside this precious statue. Being a very religious island, you can well imagine the uproar it caused among the locals folks and, I could see why.
The hill it sits on is called ‘Hill of miracles’

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Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

16 thoughts on “Our lady of the Isles”

  1. Quite a beautiful and imposing statue…I’m in awe. I can see why the outcry…but so fortunate that it was not destroyed. Lovely writing…I enjoyed the story you shared.

  2. What can be said of miracles! Whether we believe it or not it is often divine intervention that shows how man had erred.It would have been a tragedy if many such ‘hardware’ can go astray. It was supposed to be ‘testing grounds’ so some are expected to go wrong. Great write!


  3. What a lovely statue, and very interesting background info. Loved the poem, especially “a gentle mother reminding us of peace.” Interesting place to put the statue, beside a firing range. I’m with you: the child is potentially the strongest force. Look at Mandela and Gandhi.

  4. So glad the statue was not hit. There ARE modern day miracles, thankfully, and what you wrote about is definitely one of them.

  5. I just love the contrast in this poem. It brought to mind an experience I had in El Salvador in 1986, in the midst of the civil war. We drove from Guatemala to El Salvador and had to pass through miliary check points. A young soldier was carrying a machine gun and on the butt of the gun was a sticker: a smiley face with the message “Smile, Jesus Loves You.” (I was there to nurse after a catastrophic earthquake.)

  6. Like the image of the gentle mother cradling the child….happy to read that it was not hit ~ Have a lovely long weekend ~

  7. That’s a beautiful statue…it would have been terrible if it had been hit….lovely poem, dreamer… 🙂

  8. Very beautiful. I like that you gave us the background story and pictures. Thank you for sharing that part of your life.

  9. omg…can you imagine if it had hit it….oy…there would have been more trouble…interesting too the contrast in the peace of the mother and the test firing all around her as well…

  10. wow…the statue is beautiful and i’m great it didn’t get destroyed..the gentle mother, reminding of peace and i love the child as a powerful weapon, reminding us of life, love and the power of humanity…a fine poem and love the background story as well..sounds like you had an interesting job

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