Document 1487

You've Had Your Chips

Author(s): Sheila Templeton

Copyright holder(s): Sheila Templeton


Ah'll have chips please.
Ye know where ye are
wi' a bag o' chips.
And ye know exactly
what they'll cost.

They're always sizzlin' hot
on a Saturday night,
when you want them.
Nae need tae wait
fur the final whistle.

Chips don't get drunk
an' swear 'Ah love ye darlin.'
Niver promise tae phone
and then disappear
into mysterious silence.

Chips are reliable.
They sit there in yer hand.
You know you're in charge
wi' chips. Sure it's messy
if ye take them intae yer bed.
Whit's new?

No, nothin' oan the side,
thank you.

Just ma bag o' chips.

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You've Had Your Chips


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Audience size 1000+

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Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2006
Word count 108

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Contained in Slow Road Home (Sheila Templeton) / Running Threads (Jim Hughes, Rowena M Love, Michael Malone, Sheila Templeton)

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Author id 1075
Forenames Sheila
Surname Templeton
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs upbringing Protestantism, now Eastern Yoga meditation practice
Occupation Retired Teacher
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
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 Railway Engineer / originally farm worker
Father's place of birth Stoneywood
Father's region of birth Aberdeen
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Doctors' Receptionist
Mother's place of birth Dyce
Mother's region of birth Aberdeen
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes At work, at home, writing
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes At home, writing work mainly poetry