Document 604

Fields Needing Angels

Author(s): Maureen Sangster

Copyright holder(s): Maureen Sangster


Fields needing angels are full of foaming fury,
The harvest, like a whirlwind, never stays,
So, knocking on the North Sea, they ask for static glory,
Fields needing angels keep yesterday, today.

Horizons shimmer but the haystacks built are harnessed.
A bird, like a pebble, drops to tap the grain
And, fields demanding glory will howl until they're witnessed,
Yet, how silently, in guilty rage, the labourers stack the bales.

And fields needing angels will lash their foaming fury
Until in late prisons they shall meet their dead
Who, turned into good monsters, daughters, not a morning glory
Will have buds so unlike roses there'll be no baby's head.

Oh fields needing angels, how much they need angels
But not descended from the farming God to whom they pray
They needs angels of compassion who will split their staunch division
Between men and women, rich and poor and give ALL equal say

But those distant fields of fury preserve anger that no glory
Took matters into its hands, praised them for what they'd gained.
What? their miserable remittances wrenched from workers' hands and faces,
Our angels must resist land lust and land gain, RECLAIM!

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Information about Document 604

Fields Needing Angels


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1984
Word count 198

Text medium


Text publication details

Publisher Scottish Cultural Press
Publication year 1997
Place of publication Edinburgh
ISBN/ISSN 189821865X
Edition 1st

Text setting

Other Written initially for own pleasure.

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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


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