Poetic Writing of ROBBIE KENNEDY BENNETT © www.rkbpoetry.co.uk Born in Wolverhampton of English and Scottish parentage. He grew up on the Rough Hills Estate area of the town and his Scottish ancestral roots are in the Kingdom of Fife and Dundee. The author is now residing in Codsall, Staffordshire. Drawings, pictures and writing are copyright of the author Robbie Kennedy Bennett. SOJOURN IN ST ANDREWS. The story of my ancestral walk in St Andrews. ONLY A FIELD IN KINCAPLE, ONLY A FIELD IN FIFE.

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Sojourn In St Andrews ©

Walking along the historical streets of St Andrews,
I love to leisure timelessly.
I stroll on beyond the famous Old Course
And absorb the wash of the sea.

The sound of the ocean is tranquil
And the springtime weather is mild,
I’ve so much to learn about life and belonging
I feel like a newborn child...

St Andrews is historic and interesting and has kept its identity over the changing of time. With castle ruins, university, cobbled streets and wynds make you feel that you are in an episode of a Charles Dickens story.

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My great grandmother came from here and her family would have walked the very streets that inject my imaginative mind. She was born in the shadows of St Rule’s tower and the ruins so ancestral feelings in St Andrews are very strong.

Sojourn in St Andrews © RKB


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by Robbie Kennedy Bennett 2006

I watch the wave of trees,
Then I turn to face the North Sea breeze.
From a resting place of a perimeter wall,
The rolling land to the sea does fall.
I stand and listen to nothing,
I listen to nothing at all.
The view I see impresses me,
Down to the Eden Estuary...


The Story Behind The Poem

My wife and I had booked a short break in a Scandinavian Lodge at Kincaple, not far from St Andrews. We arrived on a Sunday, which proved to be the best day for the weather. Earlier in the day as we approached the Forth Road Bridge, we could see blue skies with only the odd cloud over the Kingdom of Fife.

As we entered the drive to the site there was a panoramic view to the Eden Estuary. We could sense the peacefulness of this location and we were impressed with our lodge and the surrounding. Rabbits (or hares) played freely all around.

Personally I was mesmerised by the view and I would lean on the wall at the back of the lodge taking it all in. From here we visited not only St Andrews but also drove up over the Tay Bridge to Dundee, where earlier in the year I had found that my Bennet ancestors had came from.

The Monday of our stay was overcast with the occasional drizzle of rain. Early that day I had drove up to Strathkinness to buy some groceries and upon my drive back I spotted a war memorial. I always like to show my respect and read the names of those who gave up their life for our freedom. I also look for the name Kennedy and Bennet, especially in Scotland.

I was amazed to find that a good percentage of names on this memorial were soldiers from the Black Watch. Incidentally I later found that my real Grandad, James Traill Bennet had served in this regiment. When starting to drive out of Strathkinness I stopped again at the edge of the village that is on the brow of a hill. The view again was sensational looking down to Kincaple, the Eden Estuary and Guardbridge.

© Robbie Kennedy Bennett
22 July 2006

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A ST ANDREWS WEDDING IN JUNE © Robbie Kennedy Bennett

It was in the year of nineteen twenty three
A laddie stepped from the second carriage
Of a Steam train arriving at St Andrews
Springtime flowers were preparing to bloom
He was to fall in love
But yet, not to know
For it was too soon...

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