Northwords Now Issue 39

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Lang Lippened

by James Sinclair

I spy flesh towt he
wi da scraepe o taes on rock
sharpened his claws

Slippit at last,
wis dat wir left, waakend
ta  grey waater an shattered ice.
An da lift drawin doon wi dark clood.
A Norderly breeze shivved wis clear.
Da cowld wis slippin hits grip.
We moved aroond da daek in slow rikkity steps.
Nane o wis fit ta oag up da riggin.
So we raised whit sail we could,
wir feet planted apo da daek, strent spent.
An as da Diana brook clear
fae her anchor howld apo da ice
an cast aff da chains o imprisonment
we left da Davis Straights in wir wake
an ran fae da very jaws o Hell.


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 EdgePoem by James Sinclair
Honest GraftPoem by James Sinclair
Laevin HamePoem by James Sinclair
Lang LippenedPoem by James Sinclair
LossPoem by James Sinclair
Lost SowlsPoem by James Sinclair
Makkin a Run Fur HitPoem by James Sinclair
MellishonPoem by James Sinclair
Mirrie DancersPoem by James Sinclair
Shaestin a FeynessPoem by James Sinclair
Shaestin wir PreyPoem by James Sinclair
Slippin AwaPoem by James Sinclair
StarvationPoem by James Sinclair
TrappitPoem by James Sinclair