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A Keek intae the hospital kitchen aifter the appointment wi the O.T.

Author(s): Maureen Sangster

Copyright holder(s): Maureen Sangster

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This wis a lang drawin o a wey o life:
I sa sair shadows beatin a fite tiled wa:
Fan blades owerheid - tae me like sickles,
Yet like the pechin pulsation o a muckle trapped bird,
An like lobster I sa aince that crawled,
Wi agonisin will, claws upon the slidderie ice
Amang aquatic companionship, bit deid:
Goamless fish on the slabbed windae
In a fishmonger's shop in Stockbridge;
It wis despair I felt wis flyin
Ever mair trauchled throu the air.
Bit nae birds were bein biled ava!
We dinna eat great birds in Scotland.

Insteid, there wis the hint o fish:
The weemen wi hair up in net caps
An skinklin aprons made me think o days gaun by,
O herring queans guttin. An those eesome ghaists, fish-scaled
Were veesitin, the blin oors o Daith forgot
The mobiles o their jeel-cauld hans
Doon noo in the holie o the kitchen,
Reddin up, helpin oot.

I hud a sort o yearnin for the lilt o the job,
Trays bein straiked aff, the slubbery
Fleer swept then scoured
The wappin orange crates heized high,
The hygienic jimp gloves -
Fingers like marrow inby fingers -
I wes begottit! The pooer o the place.
A stramash o a domain
- wi rules, pouin oan ma hert.

Nae bletherin or dirdum amang
The clatter o wheels o whurlan trolleys,
Skoosh o watter in tomb-size sinks.
Fowk werena wastin Time
Bit were mairriet tae him
An huddin him tae the tide o dishes!

To hae a place in the scheme o things,
I thocht - a blinkin sliver o Chance
Afore Daith packs ice roon me.

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A Keek intae the hospital kitchen aifter the appointment wi the O.T.

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Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 2000
Word count 273

Text medium

Other Pamphlet

Text publication details

Published
Publisher Kettillonia
Publication year 2002
Place of publication Fife
ISBN/ISSN 190294416X

Text setting

Leisure/entertainment
Private/personal

Text type

Poem/song/ballad

Author

Author details

Author id 249
Forenames Maureen
Surname Sangster
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1950
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Kirkcaldy
Region of residence Fife
Residence CSD dialect area Fif
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Teacher
Father's place of birth St Fergus
Father's region of birth Buchan
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Buchan
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Teacher
Mother's place of birth Skene
Mother's region of birth Aberdeen
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Mother's country of birth Scotland

Languages

Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes For general use
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes In Scots-speaking company. Poetry writing/readings

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