In My Blood

by Robbie Kennedy Bennett

In My Blood - image of Robbie with Fife in the background

This wee poem, "In My Blood" was written by Robbie Kennedy Bennett to describe his love for the Kingdom of Fife. (The photograph on the left is Robbie and you will see on the wall behind him a map of Fife).

Robbie's Dad, Cecil Kennedy Bennet, was born in the village of Collessie and grew up in nearby Ladybank. He met Robbie's mother in Aldershot Hospital during National Service and they married and settled in her hometown of Wolverhampton.

Since Robbie's dad has passed on, his love of Fife has grown stronger within him and he returns here as often as possible. In recent years he has researched more and found amongst other information that his Great Grandmother was born in St Andrews, a place that where he loves to be. (It's also one of my favourite places too!) Amongst his Fife names are Bennet, Kennedy, Cramond and Traill.

In both 2007 and 2008 Robbie completed the Fife Coastal Path and I don't doubt he will do it again when he returns to his ancestral home, the magical Kingdom of Fife.

Robbie has shared several of his poems about Fife with us through the page 'Share Your Poems'; so if you have a poem too, do share it with us. However, the following poems are the ones he shared with us:

From this window Fife I see, St Andrews I'm on my way, Collessie, The Old Scottish Stone, I Should Have Played For Ladybank Violet, When I walked to Leven, Sojourn in St Andrews, The Kingdom of Fife, Thomas Joseph Harris, The Bonnie Bonnie Sand of St Andrews Bay. Aberdour Greets Me Kindly, A Glimpse of Gold in Kirkcaldy, Kingskettle Cemetery, They walked all the way from Glasgow, A Friendly Fife Said "Hello", I Love The Lomonds, The Silver Trail to Crail , This Public Bar in Ladybank, ( Of course you can check out Robbie's own site RKB Poetry to see more of his poems.)

Of course there are many other Scottish Poems that you might like to read. So check the bottom of this page for a link to some of them.

However, in this wee poem entitled "In My Blood", the words say it all.

In My Blood - Poem's author at St Andrews

In My Blood

When realising Fife was in my blood,

On that land I proudly stood.

No nae more will we be apart,

It’s in my mind and in my heart.

This part of Scottish land is home,

It’s in my skin and in my bone.

Wherever I travel, whatever I see,

In my blood Fife will be.

If you're looking for other Scottish poems or songs see also the following:-

My Love is Like a Red Red Rose - This lovely romantic poem/song by Rabbie Burns.
The Collier Laddie - Believed to be one of the oldest of Fife's songs.
Address to a Haggis - Rabbie Burn's famous poem, recited at Burn's Suppers throughout the world.
Auld Lang Syne - Rabbie Burns' famous song, traditionally sung to bring in the New Year.
Poem Mary Morrison - Another love poem by Rabbie Burns. I've dedicated this page to my Aunt, also called Mary Morrison who passed away in 2007.
The Boy in The Train - This delightful poem describes one young lads arrival by train to Kirkcaldy with smell of the linoleum factories.
Titanic Poem - Answers this question followed by a poem about that tragedy written by my Grandmother (from Scotland, of course!)
Translation Auld Lang Syne - Find out what the words of Auld Lang Syne mean?
Address To A Mouse - This Poem was written when Burns disturbed a mouse’s nest when ploughing a field.
Address To The Toothache - This descriptive Poem says it all!
The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens - This ballad mentions Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland.
Psalm 1 - A paraphrase of this Psalm by Rabbie Burns.
The Carls o Dysart - This Poem/song was written by Rabbie Burns on a journey through Fife.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Scottish Custom and Traditions - Learn a bit more about some of our customs and traditions.
Language, Customs and Culture Bookstore - Browse through our Bookstore for Scots-English Dictionaries, and plenty books on the works of Rabbie Burns.

See also poems contributed by visitors:

I Love The Lomonds, Cheeseboard, The Silver Trail to Crail , This Public Bar in Ladybank, A Friendly Fife Said "Hello", They walked all the way from Glasgow, Aberdour Greets Me Kindly, A Glimpse of Gold in Kirkcaldy, Kingskettle Cemetery, The Bonnie Bonnie Sand of St Andrews Bay, Thomas Joseph Harris, The Tay Bridge Disaster, Sojourn in St Andrews, When I walked to Leven, I should have played for Ladybank Violet, The Old Scottish Stone, Collessie, The Kingdom of Fife, Lady Mary Ann, The Village of Tayport & its Surroundings, Loch Leven, Grace Before Dinner, Holy Willie's Prayer, Will Ye No' Come Back Again, The Rights of Woman, Scots Wha Hae, Tam o' Shanter, The Star o' Rabbie Burns, Robert Burns, Ae Fond Kiss, Ballade of the Royal Game of Golf, A Man's a Man for A' That, To A Louse, Cuddle Doon, Scotch Drink
Share Scottish Poetry - Poems contributed by visitors to this site. Do contribute YOUR poems and have them published on this site!

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