Document 715

Tae a moose

Author(s): Ali Smith

Copyright holder(s): Ali Smith


wee lumpy bumpy humty moose
tae this auld surfer yer nae uise
nae langer bidin in this hoose
yer oot the morn
a fire new wan wi braw bricht licht
wull weel perform

the pictir shufts baith up n’ doon
wi’ wee bit click it birls aroon
sae guid tae yaise tis far abune
yer shaky dreels
it maks fir wark sae easy noo
richt guid it feels

auch puir wee moosie dinnae fash
tae fling ye oot wid be fell rash
ah’l keep ye yit an’ lay ye past
freenships prevail
apairt frae that ye cost a lot
yer up fir sale!!!!!

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Tae a moose


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Audience size 1000+
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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 2004
Word count 104

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Author details

Author id 769
Forenames Ali
Surname Smith
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment None
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Mechanic
Place of birth Brora
Region of birth Sutherland
Birthplace CSD dialect area Suth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence The Gauldry
Region of residence Fife
Residence CSD dialect area Fif
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Forester
Father's place of birth Knockando
Father's region of birth Moray
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Mry
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's place of birth Tarbat
Mother's region of birth Ross
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ross
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes General daily use
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes General daily use