by James Sinclair
Lang an curved gunmetal
clackin scimitar blades
rive, dey taer at carrion
Wi ten men apo da capstan
an wan aesy swing o da derrick,
wir catch laanded wi a dunt apo da daek.
Dan hit began, da slash an cut
o da flensin knife as weel wint haands flayed
blubber laek muckle slivers o butter.
We gaddered hit itil wir scurts
an filt da boilin pot ta lipperin.
Gurr melted doon itil a stinkin brö.
Da cooper plied his trade, knockin
taggider barrel staves, afore he slippit
da iron baands aroond an shappit dem doon.
We filt barrel eftir barrel as day kerried on
trowe nicht. Da sun wis niver laek ta slip oot o sicht,
an whin wir labours wir bye wi, an aathing stowed,
da maister opened da rum ration
an geed wis a double tot ta celebrate.
A accordian appeared an a tin whistle.
Johnny fae Nestin layed da bow across his fiddle.
We sang sea shanty an ballad alaek.
Someens performed a jig airms i da air as dey jimpit fae side ta side.
I girded me loins an back-steppit ta Johnny’s Shetlan reel
me haands apo me hips an me heels clickin,
as da sun climmed ower da yard airm.
|The Hull whaleship Diana, trapped in the Greenland ice|
A sequence of Shetland dialect poems as an interpretation of the ill-fated voyage of the Hull whaleship Diana, trapped in the Greenland ice over winter 1866-1867.
|Back Fae Da Edge||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Honest Graft||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Laevin Hame||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Lang Lippened||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Loss||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Lost Sowls||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Makkin a Run Fur Hit||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Mellishon||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Mirrie Dancers||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Shaestin a Feyness||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Shaestin wir Prey||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Slippin Awa||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Starvation||Poem by James Sinclair|
|Trappit||Poem by James Sinclair|