Document 340

Paes eggs

Author(s): Christine De Luca

Copyright holder(s): Christine De Luca


I dy harned haand du held ta da licht
een o da eggs at du wid gie her
morroless lik dee; shaa'd her
hits less dan perfect shape
da ruckly wye da shall wis med

dat day at du kent whin shö cam
hit wis da hidmost time du'd feel
da lichtness at shö browt. Aa da sam

fur aa da fash o life, da lettin go
da lettin doon: hit hed ta geng
ee wye or tidder. Da twa ends
owre far apairt ta hadd tagidder

dat day at du pressed
mair is da half dizzen
inta her haands; paes egg
apö paes egg. 'Tak care noo.
Tak twartree mair fur da bairns.'

paes eggs: easter eggs; i: in; dy: your; harned: hardened; du: you (familiar); een o: one of; wid: would; gie; give; morroless: not matching, as of a pair; dee: you (familiar); shaa'd: showed; hits: its; dan: than; ruckly: uneven; wye: way; wis: was; med: made; dat, at: that; kent: knew; whin: when; shö: she; cam: came; hidmost: last; browt: brought; aa da sam: all the same; fash: bother, trouble; geng: go; ee wye or tidder: one way or the other; twa: two; owre: too; hadd: hold; tagidder: together; mair is: more than; dizzen: dozen; apö: upon; noo: now; twartree: a few; mair: more; bairns: children

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Information about Document 340

Paes eggs


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 1997
Word count 223
General description from collection of poems

Text medium


Text publication details

Publisher Shetland Library
Publication year 2002
Place of publication Shetland
ISBN/ISSN 0-904562-70-0
Edition 1st
Part of a longer series of texts
Name of series Plain Song

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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


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes All
Scots No Yes No Yes Work, read Scots literature