Document 487


Author(s): Janet Paisley

Copyright holder(s): Janet Paisley


she’s a haurd mither, sair
scartit wi braes an glens
oot-stravaigin ony craw’s feet.

hur face glowers wi heuchs
hur vyce teems a burn in spate
ower broon-teeth jaggit scaurs.

she pits oan clinty craigs are briests,
belts hur waist wi forfochen industry,
in hur airms, she gethers firs.

aywis a thrawn, crabbit fechter, she’s
boardered by fuller hips, flytin
fire-dairts wi thunnered micht.

nae season lichtens hur, she drags
hur bairns up oan kail an whin,
winters thaim athoot guidness.

she kennles the grate wi chitterin hail,
coups snaw tae shaw hoo saft she is.
spring claeths hur aulder in green.

if she coories ye in tae hur breist
it is tae skail a linn’s white-watter
torrent o snash oantae yer heid.

liltin, she bokes up craikin maws.
sleepin, she bumphles a runkled pilla
ower the mune, batters oot twa three staurs.

she’ll smoor yer dreams wi Scotch mist,
nit kaim yer hair wi chuggin wind,
slounge yer faces wi rain.

in yer mooth she staps a leid
naebody kens, in yer hert a stane.
but gang awa fae hur

a rantin sang an dance’ll folley
tae reel ye in as son or dochter,
mak ye seik fur hame.

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Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2001
Title of original (if translation) Scotland
Author of original (if translation) Janet Paisley
Language of original (if translation) English
Word count 210

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Editor Sally Harris
Page numbers June 2004

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Author details

Author id 103
Forenames Janet
Surname Paisley
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism and Paganism
Occupation Writer
Place of birth Ilford
Region of birth Essex
Country of birth England
Place of residence Falkirk
Region of residence Stirling
Residence CSD dialect area Stlg
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Factory Processor
Father's place of birth Balloch
Father's region of birth Dunbarton
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Dnbt
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Nurse
Mother's place of birth Avonbridge
Mother's region of birth Stirling
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Stlg
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Work, home, social, public
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Work, home, social, public