Northwords Now Issue 39

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Loss

by James Sinclair

Blue-finned is joost my style
reekin o daeth
A’ll shun clean up eftir dee

Da Skipper took ta his bed
wi da lurgy an he niver lifted him more.
Lyin dere, gettin waeker an waeker
by da day, his life blòd ebbit awa.
Wir faith slidin in ta da mirk wi him.

Whit fate wid come ta wis aa? Dir wis nae hoop
an whit peerie coarn o charity, lost aboard wir floatin kist.
Ony, dat hed a peerie bit, gairded hit
laek a wild baess, ill-vynded an cornered.

An if someen sood pass ta da idder side,
da rest wid descend apo dir belangins
laek corbies apo  da cast oot lamb,
dey could barely wait fur da braeth ta laeve dem.

An eftir da doctor hed read fae da guid book,
we sang  da hollow wirds o a hymn inta da emptiness.


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