National…

national-poerty-day

It might not be such a bad idea if a law library promotes literacy. Let’s celebrate the National Poetry Day together with the following poem:

Hugh MacDiarmid  (1892-1978)

The Watergaw

One wet, early evening in the sheep-shearing season
I saw that occasional, rare thing–
A broken shaft of a rainbow with its trembling light
Beyond the downpour of the rain
And I thought of the last, wild look you gave
Before you died.

The skylark’s nest was dark and desolate,
My heart was too
But I have thought of that foolish light
Ever since then
And I think that perhaps at last I know
What your look meant then.

Read the poem in the original Scots version

The Watergaw

Ae weet forenicht i’ the yow-trummle
I saw yon antrin thing,
A watergaw wi’ its chitterin’ licht
Ayont the on-ding;
An’ I thocht o’ the last wild look ye gied
Afore ye deed!

There was nae reek i’ the laverock’s hoose
That nicht–an’ nane i’ mine;
But I hae thocht o’ that foolish licht
Ever sin’ syne;
An’ I think that mebbe at last I ken
What your look meant then.

 

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

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