He’s five year auld, he’s aff tae school,Fairmer’s bairn, wi a pencil an a rule,His teacher scoffs when he says ‘hoose’,‘The word is “house”, you silly little goose.’He tells his Ma when he gets backHe saw a ‘mouse’ in an auld cairt track.His father laughs fae the stack-yard dyke, ‘Yon’s a “moose”, ye daft wee […]
She says, “You know how you get itand then you forget it”, and I smile,nod – but really, I don’t – can’t even imagine. How doesthe dancer forget dancing,the singer forget singing? How couldI ever not know how to solve simultaneous equations?It would be like forgetting how to breathe or laugh or love.You’d have to […]
Ha’in, fae da start, mair as ee wye o spaekin,o makkin sense o things, we learn ta fit whit we say ta whit’s lippened. Takk pity apö dem at’s born ta wan tongue: dem at nivver preevemaet fae idder tables. Raised wi twa languages is unconscious faestin: twa wyes o tinkin.Een extends da tidder; can […]
You could travel up the Blue Nile
with your finger, tracing the route
while Mrs Tilscher chanted the scenery.
Tana. Ethiopia. Khartoum. Aswân.
(After Judge Ian Starforth Hill described a nine year old rape victim
/ as “not exactly an angel herself” and gave…
Gave yet another lecture. God, I’m boring.
/ Said all the same old things I’ve said before
/ With touches of ‘however-ing’ and ‘therefore-ing’.
The Dominie is growing grey,
/ And feth he’s keepit thrang
/ Wi’ counts an’ spellin’ a’ the day,
/ And liffies when…
When I was a laddie langsyne at the schule,
/ The maister aye ca’d me a dunce and a fule;
/ For somehow his…