Document 1477

Hair and There

Author(s): Rowena M Love

Copyright holder(s): Rowena M Love


Pandering to Nature’s vanity,
a toupee of trees
balances on the hill’s crown;
prevailing wind lacquers hawthorn fringe
to an unnatural angle.
Fields have been brylcreemed by recent rain,
then flecked with dandruff sheep
that plait them with their tracks.
Dykes comb back waves of green
to let road’s grey scalp show through;
coarse grass tangles in deadlocks
at the verges.

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Hair and There


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2002
Word count 64

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Magazine (e-zine)
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Text publication details

Publication year 2002
Part of larger text
Contained in Countryside Tales, issue 10, July 2002

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Author details

Author id 1068
Forenames Rowena
Initials M
Surname Love
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1960
Educational attainment University, PCGE and Maîtrise
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher and writer
Place of birth Dumbarton
Region of birth Dunbarton
Birthplace CSD dialect area Dnbt
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Troon
Region of residence S Ayr
Residence CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Master Mariner and Teacher
Father's place of birth Glasgow
Father's region of birth Glasgow
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Nurse
Mother's place of birth Rankinston
Mother's region of birth N Ayr
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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English Yes Yes Yes Yes At work and home
French Yes Yes Yes Yes At work, on holiday
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes At home, occasionally at work