DA BOAT


Tae escape fae ma birthday

A took ma mind fir a bit o a daunder

(or it took me)

awa doon past Corra’s shell-white sanns,

doon tae whaur ilka simmer

da selkies sun dersels,

or slip intae da clear clear waater

tae twist an  glide,

an dere,

hauf-happit idda lang dank gerss,

wis dis desfrukit skeleton o a boat.

*****

It brocht tae mind

first yin o Johnny Donne’s wee poems –

‘Tae His Coy Mistress’ :

‘ bit at ma back A ayways hear

Time’s tumtitumtum hurryin near’  –

dat wan,

syne Willie Dunbar’s chunnerin Lament:

‘Timor mortis conturbat me’

syne yin o MacCaig’s twa-fag poems 

aboot findin a desfrukit boat  like dis yin,

landlockt,

gapplankt,

wedderwarpt.

A sat doon on da boat an lit masel a fag.

****

Timor mortis conturbat me

– wis  dat whit they were aa sayin, aa thae poets?

Wis that the meanin o aa thae words?

That time teems us aa?

Abdy an aathin?

Du an me as weel as da bloody boat?

A dinnae think so.

I do not think so!

****

Onywye A lookt up MacCaig’s poem when A got hame

an it wisnae ataa da poem A hud in mind.

Da poem A hud in mind

wis dis yin.

****

An ‘Tae His Coy Mistress’  –

 it wisnae Johnny Donne ataa ,

nae a bit o it –

it wis Andy Marvell’s poem,

abdy kens dat.


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One response to “DA BOAT

  1. Hi David,
    It’s Sergio. Fit like?
    I’m glad to see you’re blogging. Interesting stuff!
    So you didn’t find a ‘pie’ in Glasgow…next time ye might find an ‘ingin peh’

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