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A watergaw is a truncated rainbow, see Chas Penny’s photo above. These are not often seen in other countries but we see them due to Scotland’s combination of bright sunshine slanting at a low angle between heavy clouds and a splash of rain.

Written in Lowlands Scots (a.k.a. Lallans) Hugh MacDiarmid's poem is below but this link has Hugh’s explanation in English.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGTlgox5URc ‘Sae noo ye ken, son’. 

       The Watergaw, by Hugh MacDiarmid
Ae weet forenicht i’ the yow-trummle   
I saw yon antrin thing,
A watergaw wi’ its chitterin’ licht
Ayont the on-ding;
An’ I thocht o’ the last wild look ye gied   
Afore ye deed!
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There was nae reek i’ the laverock’s hoose   
That nicht—an’ nane i’ mine;
But I hae thocht o’ that foolish licht   
Ever sin’ syne;
An’ I think that mebbe at last I ken
What your look meant then.
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Photo by Chas Penny
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