A House Inhabited


A house forlorn for forty years

Now it wins the prize

An artist made his home here

Revealed before our eyes


Rough grey walls a bright blue door

Grey blue slate above

Inside the labour of his years

Labours of his love


A croft it was on Lewis land

Away across the sea

Now we come to visit it

And marvel at what we see


Bleak at first it must have been

Cold and damp no doubt

Until the artist moving in

Reclaimed this bold redoubt


Is there not a lesson here

About my house my heart

Keep it warm and lived in

Every day a start


Brian Fahy

7 June 2022


+ Scotland’s ‘Home of the Year’ is New Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis. You can view it on the BBC Scotland website.

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