Public libraries / were cherished like Pallas Athene’s temples, / which, for us, in effect, they were.
If all the year were playing holidays, / To sport would be as tedious as to work.
Down on her hands and knees
/ at ten at night on Hogmanay,
/ my mother still giving it elbowgrease
/ jiffywaxing the vinolay. (This is…
There is no need they say
/ but the needles still move
/ their rhythms in the working of your hands
/ as easily
/ as if your…
You hold the sapling straight, backfill,
/ heel it in. A rainbow
/ pours from the watering can.
The stonemason sade it’s aw in yur heed
/ Yur eyes ur like windeez an yur brain’s gon naywhere
/ Build yurself a palace
/ amid the rush-hour bustle,
/ I blush.
/ I smile just thinking of you.
Hold on Women of great courage
/ You have held on so bravely and tirelessly
/ Hold on Women of great courage, hold on
Elle vient de si loin
/ Elle marche pieds nus
/ Elle défie la chaleur
/ Elle vient de si loin
/ Elle défie la faim
/ Tagalakoy ! Tagalakoy…
wear three T-shirts and one hooded top
/ layers are important
/ they can always come off
/ remember your oilskins
/ it’s always raining somewhere
/ wear a scarf
sweat the felt screed the cement
/ pack the joist level the cleat
/ eat the piece hammer the nail
I tie my Hat—I crease my Shawl—
/ Life’s little duties do—precisely