Northwords Now Issue 39

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Trappit

by James Sinclair

Da Corbie raise his heid
streetchin wings wide an hiecht
he blackit oot da sun

Grippit apo aa sides ticht,
muckle clumps o icicles fastened.
Ony minute micht be wir last,
as we wait fur da spleet an splinter
o boards an da on rush o waater,
makkin ta sook wis straicht ta da boddam,
as invisible currents push an shiv
whaariver da notion taks dem.

An as da sun maks ta finally
slip awey ower a Suderd horizon,
we still get a day back an fore
whin da lift is a clear an royal blue
as far as da sicht o da ee micht streech -
dat bricht, hit maks you glinder.
i da distance icebergs shimmer
laek da golden spires o a ceety
dir biggins close enoch ta reach in an oor or twa.
da fock weel wint an welcoming,
layin graet plates o maet apo da table
fur wis aa ta fill wir rumblin bellies.
On a day sic as dis, dir canna
be ony  idder place apo dis aert sae boannie.


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