Rody Gorman

Sound Poem


Loud noise, crust or hardness formed on the earth by the weather,

            shower that comes suddenly, mountain torrent,

            twisted or misshapen foot or ankle, ligature                                       Bailc

Sound made by birds in pursuit of the fry of fish                                   Briotal

Sound of distant music                                                                                    Caireal

Wrangling noise, elegy, wig, lurking-place                                                     Callaid

Purling noise, like the sound of worts fermenting,

            whisky in its first process of distillation, a stream

which is so small as to be almost covered by the heather,

bird, mole, the fundament                                                                   Caochan

The sound of burning                                                                                      Caoir

Noise, colour, hurry, pinch of snuff, gibe, mist                                               Deann

The noise of anything crackling or roasting,

            the flapping noise of a banner                                                 Dearrasan

Noise in sucking, sponge-like substance coughed up

by a newborn foal, the five-leaved shamrock,

supposed to grow out of this substance after it is buried                    Deocan

Sucking sound, as made by walking with water in the shoes                          Dìosgaidh-dàsgaidh

Noise as of fish frying in a pan, lechery, exudation                                         Drùis

Noise, the boiling of a pool where a cascade falls,

            state of requiring much attendance and service

without moving from your seat                                                           Easaraich

Noise in belly of horses when trotting                                                             Fead-ghoile

Noise of things breaking, clandestine private talk                                          Fise faise!

Grunting noise made by some persons when eating                                       Fosgar

Noise of steam escaping or of liquors fermenting,

            singing of a kettle, noise of frying, derisive cheering                    Gaoir

Noise of wild geese or swans                                                                          Garaicleis

The noise of anything falling, particularly of a carcase                                  Glag

Noise made by a cart on a rough road                                                           Glagadaich

Tingling noise in the ear (tinnitus), supposed to be a forerunner

            of death news,             if the noise is heard in the right ear

the news to be expected from the south, and vice versa,

            cement, bird-lime, glue                                                                        Glaodh

Sound of water falling by drops, clicking sound,

            applied to a shorter metallic sound than gliong                                  Gliog

The noise produced by the collision of soft substances                                   Glograich

Hollow sound as from an empty vessel,

the noise a bottle makes when being emptied                                      Glung

Peculiar complaining noise made by hens                                                      Gràdranaich

Noise, hue, siren (creature), uncombed hair, joke, love,

            rough-piled clothing, ripple on the surface of the water,

            head having the hair standing on end                                                 Greann

Sound of footsteps with wet feet                                                                       Lapan

Sudden noise                                                                                                   Lasgar

Deep toned sound, as of a person in a cave                                                   Mòthar

Noise of the waves, raging hunger, lung                                                        Onfhadh

Noise like that of a beetle                                                                                Priompallan

Sound made by cattle when fighting, roar

that a cow gives when gored by another                                             Raoic

Harsh, grating discordant noise, tedious highway                                         Ràsan

Sizzling sound, as of flesh being fried                                                             Ràstal

Noise of the shrouds of a ship in a storm                                                       Roithlich

Sound of a blow, baldness of the head, bumper

            of any spirituous liquor taken before breakfast                                  Sgailc

The sound of loose stones falling along a steep and rocky hillside                 Sgàirneach

Disagreeable sound, bawler, shrill-voiced fellow                                           Sgreadan

Noise of hard labour                                                                                       Slacaireachd

The crashing noise made by the breaking of bones                                        Smùiseirnich

Noise of water when meat is boiling in it                                                        Sod

Noise, as of a door shutting                                                                            Splad

Sharp sound produced by drawing the bulb of the middle finger

            quickly and firmly across the bulb of the thumb                                 Spliongag

Noise of scratching on boards, subdued rattling noise,

such as is made by a stone wall

            about to fall, rats, mice &c in a hole, box &c                                      Sporghail

Loud, sudden sound, noise, killing, life                                                           Spreadhadh

Noise of cloth in the act of tearing,

noise made by a scythe in the process of mowing                               Srac

Noise as the tread of horses’ feet, brain-swimming from liquor,

            rank thick grass growing in freshwater lochs                                                Stàirn

One of the noises of the sea                                                                             Staplaich

Soft, ghostly sound or movement in the dark                                                  Taislich

Noise at night (premonitory)                                                                           Taradh

The noise of the sea in a cave                                                                         Teannair


From Na Fir Chlis / Aurora Borealis, collection of Gaelic poems by Rody Gorman, inspired by Cape Farewell’s 4-week expedition across the Hebrides in 2011.

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