Document 645

Dipper: 33 - The Feather

Author(s): John Reid

Copyright holder(s): John Reid


For days the storm had raired ootbye,
Birlin craws across the sky
Scatterin wrack alang the shore
An fellin fir-trees by the score.

The storm was ower, the morn was still,
I tuik the auld road tae the hill
Whaur wind-kaimed gress gied wey tae heather,
An there I fand a queer-like feather.

I ken maist birds, but this wee heckle
Had come frae something mair kenspeckle
Than ocht I kenned - some fremit bird
Blawn tempest-tossed frae some faur airt.

Wi heuk an threid an fingers slee
I turned that feather tae a flee -
A flee I fished through ae troot season,
A flee that near tint me my reason.

For ilka troot I cast it ower
Tuik it wi ne'er a second glower,
Big or wee, it didna maitter,
I could hae herriet every watter.

I slauchtered troot till I was stawed,
I felt like smashin reel an rod,
Until ae day I burnt that flee
Frae its fell curse tae set me free.

An nou I fish as aince I did,
Dependent on the fish's tid,
Kennin my flees micht tak a troot,
But wi the issue aye in doot!


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Dipper: 33 - The Feather


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1989
Word count 212
General description Anthology of prizewinning and other Scots poems, and short stories in Ayrshire Scots.

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Other Audiocassette

Text publication details

Publisher Luath Press
Publication year 1991
Place of publication Barr, Ayrshire
ISBN/ISSN 0946487227
Edition First
Part of larger text
Contained in The Dipper an the Three Wee Deils: Tales and Poems in Ayrshire Scots
Editor Authors: Dr. J. A. Begg and J. Reid
Page numbers 85

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Author id 738
Forenames John
Surname Reid
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1910
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Head Teacher
Place of birth Dalry
Region of birth N Ayr
Birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Lockerbie
Region of residence Dumfries and Galloway
Residence CSD dialect area Dmf
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Commmercial Traveller
Father's place of birth Dalry
Father's region of birth N Ayr
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Beith
Mother's region of birth N Ayr
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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