View From A Plinth

View From A Plinth

A Poem by alanwgraham
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Robert Burns comments on his view over George Square

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I'm standing here in foul and fair
Looking out all o'er the square
It's no the place that once I knew
There's many here where once were few
But even though the years have flown
This simple truth you'll ken I'll own
That each man's nature constant stays
Regardless o his rank and claise
And even tho I'm noo lang deid
The seagulls shat upon my heid!

ken-know, claise-clothes, noo-now
lang-long, deid-dead, heid-head







© 2020 alanwgraham


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I don't know how I missed this gem Alan. Better late than never. Hilarious. I just love the humour here and my thoughts turned to Stuart Beattie Cullen, my brother in law, no longer with us who would have roared with laughter at this one. Have a good weekend.

Chris

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks Chris. I wrote this when I was high and poems write themselves. Would it were that simple! We.. read more



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I don't know how I missed this gem Alan. Better late than never. Hilarious. I just love the humour here and my thoughts turned to Stuart Beattie Cullen, my brother in law, no longer with us who would have roared with laughter at this one. Have a good weekend.

Chris

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks Chris. I wrote this when I was high and poems write themselves. Would it were that simple! We.. read more
Scottish callousness is nothing but a delight to everyone that is subjected to it. Loved this

// O

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

I really appreciate your kind words Omicron. Scottish callousness - never!
Its always good t.. read more
LOL I sympathize! I used to live near Chicago and going into the city parks was like dodge a poo from all the pigeons. Never a clean place to sit either. Love the lingo in this

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Apologies for my belated thanks Patricia. I seem to have missed your kind review. I did have fun wri.. read more
Thanks Rick. I'm high just now. I can be the seagull, Rabbie, and the observer in one, in my head. Earlier today a possible insight (hypothesis) popped into my head about how my manic poems can appear in a few seconds fully formed. It could involve the metaphor of parallel processors and brain architecture. My very clever, software son might assist.
Cheers, Alan. I need to sleep now.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Another simple and amusing piece. I can see you're having fun. Again, greatly enjoyed.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Year Ago

Ta Rick. Definitely having fun but it is said that the only language Burns has not been translated i.. read more
alanwgraham

1 Year Ago

I'm going to embarrass BG now by saying that she kicked me oot the cafe for using the Scots. I hope .. read more
Of all the people who do dialect, any dialect, you do yours best. This is so carefully written to hit every single note, when it comes to how this sounds . . . it's a work of art in that regard . . . plus, I usually don't like the backward phrasing of Elizabethan styling, but you've also done that so very carefully, it reads smoothly & not a bit clunky as Elizabethan can often be for me to read. And of course, your perfect comic timing of lofty-sounding seriousness which ends in a funny twist! Great word crafting! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Year Ago

Thanks Margie. If you make it to Scotland and spot a demented guy wandering round the statues and ta.. read more
I'll have to brush up on my Scottish Alan!! Just kidding of course. Everything changes but the statue; especially people, who come and go; next time please don't stand near there; its a haven for pigeons.I love your poem, so great and funny. Best always, Betty

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Year Ago

Thanks Betty. I couldn't resist this one. I was tempted to write a poem for each of the seagull ado.. read more
Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Same to you!
Another piece that I can relate to coming from Glesgie. Love the humour in this as the bard looks down. Will be expecting him to recite something when I next walk past. Third line 'once Knew?

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Year Ago

I couldn't resist this - nor my first pint nearby! Thanks for spotting that slip.
Many thanks.. read more
Really liked the rhyming and the old Scots dialect. On the bright side, he apparently hasn't been vandalized.

Posted 1 Year Ago


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alanwgraham

1 Year Ago

Thanks John. The statue is of our great poet Robert Burns and I couldn't resist a wee tribute.
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