Document 328

Growin auld (Wasterwick)

Author(s): Christine De Luca

Copyright holder(s): Christine De Luca


Wasterwick, auld wife o da sea, worn
tae a beauty only age can bring. Du sits
straight-backed, airms reck oot
bi clett an stack. Dy sang is
da sang o sels an a thoosand shiftin shalls
is dey beach demsels. Da Waarie Gyo
is a secret fowld i dy skurt, whaar
a kittle o tang swills to an fro.

Du gies hooseroom tae a swap o scarfs,
lodgins ta mallies. A shjalder swanks
apo dy shooder, nest safe in a reffel
o trefoil an smora. Banks-flooers
mak a wavy aedge ta dy simmer hap.

We look on dee at's cradled grown men,
trace lines o kennin on dy wise repose.
Da wasterin sun at faas saaftly lays
a wild rose apo dy granite face.

da: the; clett: cliff, rock, crag; stack: column of rock in the sea; dy: your (familiar); shalls: shells; dey: they; demsels: themselves; gyo: steep, narrow inlet; fowld: fold; i: in; skurt: bosom; kittle: tickle; tang: seaweed; du: you (familiar); gies: gives; tae, ta: to; swap: a sudden beat or blow; scarfs: shags; mallies: fulmers; shjalder: oyster catcher; apo: on; shooder: shoulder; reffel: tangle; smora: clover; banks flooers: sea pinks; aedge: edge; hap: shawl; dee: you (familiar); at's: who has; kennin: knowing; faas: falls; saaftly: softly.

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Growin auld (Wasterwick)


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 1995
Word count 214
General description From collection of poems

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Text publication details

Publisher Shetland Library
Publication year 1997
Place of publication Lerwick
ISBN/ISSN 0-904562-64-6
Edition 1st
Part of a longer series of texts
Name of series Wast wi da Valkyries

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Author details

Author id 120
Forenames Christine
Surname De Luca
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Head of Assessment, Research and Development
Place of birth Bressay
Region of birth Shetland
Birthplace CSD dialect area Sh
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Edinburgh
Region of residence Edinburgh
Residence CSD dialect area Edb
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Headmaster
Father's place of birth Vidlin
Father's region of birth Shetland
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Sh
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Primary Teacher
Mother's place of birth Cunningsburgh
Mother's region of birth Shetland
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Sh
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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