Document 661

Dipper: 49 - Stukkies

Author(s): Dr James A Begg

Copyright holder(s): Dr James A Begg


Once upon a time, Town Councils throughout the land spent a great deal of time listening to "Pied Pipers" who claimed they could rid their Burghs of starlings; and a great deal of money paying them to do it - unsuccessfully - as this wee poem prophesied!

Black snaw-flakes birlin oot the purple lift
Like the whirlin spume o a blawin drift,
Jinkin an weavin, joukin an divin,
Twa or three leavin, thousans arrivin
In endless procession frae miles aroun,
Aa seekin the warmth o a freenly toun.

Oot the getherin dusk o an Autumn sky
Comes their bletherin sang an cheerfu cry,
On windae-soles, ruif-taps, ledges an spires,
A feathert clamjamfry o clatterin choirs
Draws ticht aathegither, raw upon raw,
Tae whustle an bicker the nicht awa.

Tae toun-folks ablow they're nocht but a pest,
Fylin their pavements an Sunday Best,
Toun Council Committees dae whit they can
Tae impose Man's solution - a total ban,
But Nature juist lauchs at 'poleetical will',
An the wee burds regairdless, come roostin here still!

Tae a kintra-lad tho, they're a mindin o hame,
As their gabblin sang - nae twa verses the same,
Mimics the peesie, the whaup, an the speug,
The sea-pie, the laverock, or even a dug;
An weel daes he ken they dae mair guid than herm,
Grubbin pests oot the meedaes, doun on the ferm.

Sae mind yin an aa, afore ye condemn,
There's mair tae this life than juist 'Us an Them',
We aa hae oor pairt in the Web o Creation,
Whether oot in the fields or in gran' Central Station,
If yer heid gets sair splattert, juist coont it as lucky
- There's room in this warld for baith us an the stukkie!

clamjamfry/crowd, rabble

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Dipper: 49 - Stukkies


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1984
Word count 313
General description Anthology of prizewinning and other Scots poems, and short stories in Ayrshire Scots.

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Other Audiocassette

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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 124

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Author id 623
Title Dr
Forenames James
Initials A
Surname Begg
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Medical Practitioner
Place of birth New Cumnock
Region of birth S Ayr
Birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Ayr
Region of residence S Ayr
Residence CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Clerical Officer, NCB
Father's place of birth Sandbank
Father's region of birth Argyll
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Arg
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Primary Teacher
Mother's place of birth New Cumnock
Mother's region of birth S Ayr
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
Danish No No No No A little
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Home, socially, at work
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Holidaying in France
Norwegian No No No No A little
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Home, socially, at work