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Burns Night

January 25th, 2008 (11:10 am)
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Since Burns Night is on January 25th, there's a contest at work to write a comic verse, to be marked on Laughability Factor, Rhymability Factor and Sheer Scottishness, with bonus points for including "Tam O'Shanter", "Rabbie", "Haggis", "Oor Wullie" or "Ye cannae shuv yer granny aff the bus". Here's my attempt:

Fae a' the airts, an' their ain placies,
They cam tae work wi Friday facies,
Tae dae the darg and chauv awa,
Anticipate nae fun at a'

But mark oor Marcus, haggis-fed
A Wylie scheme is in his head
He minds the jesting fest he led
A whilie syne
A prize is on the go, he said
A bottlie wine

The bards gee up a keyboard canter,
Wi sneaky peeks at Tam O'Shanter,
Broons and Oor Wullie for the banter,
A drouth the spur
Like pipers' fingers on the chanter
Keys a blur

The budding Rabbies stretch and strive
And comic verse, and rhymes contrive
To win the prize, they wouldnae fuss
To shove their granny aff the bus

A sorry tale of booze addiction
Duties observed in dereliction
Production's doon tae less than half
Still, Rabbie Burns would hae a laugh!


Posted by: Nik Whitehead (sharikkamur)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)

Thank you - that provoked audible laughter! I trust that we'll be hearing that you've won. :)

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)

I declined the chance to win the prize before taking part, as I wouldn't have drunk it; but I got a pretty good audience response and I've been asked for a copy to put in the company newsletter.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: February 12th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)

In the intro to the inclusion of my poem in the company newsletter, it says I was the winner.

Edited at 2008-02-12 04:24 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)


Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Smiley Rosa

Not something I celebrate, though: there are better poets around. Wonder if Jane has any more Fergusson events up her sleeve?!

Posted by: myceliumme (myceliumme)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)

I think you understand why I claim to live in 'the land of the exploding haggis'. Grins muchly - thanks!

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)

Allow me to further recommend this YouTube link which went round after our readings:

50 Cent Vs. Jimmy Shand

Posted by: pictishqueen (pictishqueen)
Posted at: January 26th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)

Very well done - love the Jimmy Shand link too!

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