Document 757

Doon the Syrie - A Willieway

Author(s): John Henderson

Copyright holder(s): John Henderson


Bike prefared tae sairin bus,
Wis shair guid wye a fan,
Tae gie me muckle wamflity,
Spare shullins i ma han.

Hich schule wis jist een mile frae hame,
King's Park tae cycle aroon,
Fore climin hup rig o Castell Rock ,
Raxin abeen Stirling toon.

Five years lang thon aye gaed oan,
Ilk mornin, nicht an noon.
Fower traivels pedalled ilka day,
Nae wastin wikly croon.

Bit ainly eence i a thur years,
Oan ice, i rain or snaw,
Did ill-lick cam tae cloot me aff,
Ma saiddle hup awa.

Twis fan een nicht a cam ower clais,
Tae gutter o weet causey,
Faar brander-grill snecked oant ma rowe,
An dooshed me tapsalteerie!

Sim hauf-croons skailed frae oot ma pooch,
Fair wammlin' efter splatter.
Syne een by een they skittered doon,
Yon syrie fu dairk waater!

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Doon the Syrie - A Willieway


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Adults (18+)
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Audience size 1000+
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Method of composition Wordprocessed
Word count 140

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Publisher Electric Scotland
Publication year 2004
Place of publication
Part of a longer series of texts
Name of series Doggerels and other poems

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Author id 782
Forenames John
Surname Henderson
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation University Lecturer (retired)
Place of birth Causewayhead
Region of birth Stirling
Birthplace CSD dialect area Stlg
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Emba
Region of residence Paphos
Country of residence Cyprus
Father's occupation Headteacher
Father's place of birth Dunblane
Father's region of birth E & SE Perthshire
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Per
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Teacher
Mother's place of birth Falkirk
Mother's region of birth Stirling
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Stlg
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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