Document 241

Another Pome

Author(s): Anna Blair

Copyright holder(s): Anna Blair


It's awfa dark
Away doon there
But I'm at the windie
So I don't care.
Just in my nightshirt
Waitin' to hear
The clatter that says
The Midgies is here.
There's two kinda Midgies
The right and the wrong
Ones that just scavenges
Ones that belong,
Binmen that's paid
To cart rubbish away
Wi' lamps on their foreheids
To show them the way.
The others...with sticks
Doon there on the make
Tim the bins on the green
For to scrimle and rake,
Find a half-finished fag,
A cup wi' a chip
A bottle wi' dregs
Of a not-noticed nip.
Mind, it's no very nice
To've to rummage and dive
Into other folks bins
Just to help you survive.
My Ma and my Pa
They dinnae hae much
But they're rich alongside
Of the Midgies and such.

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Another Pome


Text audience

General public
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Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1998
Word count 147

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Author details

Author id 127
Forenames Anna
Surname Blair
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1920
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher/author
Place of birth Giffnock
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Glasgow
Region of residence Glasgow
Residence CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Business
Father's place of birth Glasgow
Father's region of birth Glasgow
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Business
Mother's place of birth Glasgow
Mother's region of birth Glasgow
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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French Yes Yes Yes Yes Visits to France, correspondence
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