The Puddock

The Puddock
A puddock sat by the lochan's brim, 
An' he thocht there was never a puddock like him. 
He sat on his hurdies, he waggled his legs, 
An' cockit his heid as he glowered throu' the seggs. 
The bigsy wee cratur' was feelin' that prood, 
He gapit his mou' an' he croakit oot lood: 
"Gin ye'd a' like tae see a richt puddock," quo' he, 
"Ye'll never, I'll sweer, get a better nor me. 
I've fem'lies an' wives an' a weel-plenished hame, 
Wi' drink for my thrapple an' meat for my wame. 
The lasses aye thocht me a fine strappin' chiel, 
An' I ken I'm a rale bonny singer as weel. 
I'm nae gaun tae blaw, but th' truth I maun tell- 
I believe I'm the verra MacPuddock himsel'." ... 

A heron was hungry an' needin' tae sup, 
Sae he nabbit th' puddock and gollup't him up;
Syne runkled his feathers: "A peer thing," quo' he, 
"But - puddocks is nae fat they eesed tae be."
John M. Caie

from The Kindly North: verse in Scots and English (D. Wyllie & Son, 1934) 

John M. Caie

A senior agriculturalist, J. M. Caie wrote about the rural life of North-East Scotland in the 1930s, and was the author of the poem about the vaunty frog, 'The Puddock'.

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