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> A Shipyard Poem
post 21st Oct 2006, 06:40pm
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Heres a nice wee poem about working in The Yard.

The Journeyman by Brian Whittingham

Wurkin piecework in the funnel shoap,
building quick
but no quick enuff,
cursin an liftin an swerrin
cause it takes too long
tae wait oan the crane-man who
is lookin efter his mate
who stands him a few dinner time bevies
at the Seven Seas public bar
an you know cause
that's wherr you get yir three pint chaser
fur yir ashet pie supper
that yi eat wi yir rusty fingers,
then yi fa oot wi the timekeeper
cause o the stupit time he pit oan the joab
an you kid oan the boey
who wiz daft enuff tae
let yi pit a brush handle
through the arms of his ovoies
an you play
spin the hammer
like it wiz yir prize six shooter
an you laugh when the boey tries it
an it nearly brekks his toes,
an yi go tao the burner
an patter him up
so he'll burn yir joab
an yi momentarily watch
his torch ignitin
and you watch
the gas yi couldnae see
like a bomb,
an the cloud of rusty dust
an bodies hidin behind
guillotines an
flangers an
scrap-buckets an
yi squint thru the haze
at the guy that's no therr
cause he's been blown down the passage
wi a hole in his side
that he didnae huv
before yi pattered hin up,
an yi stoat ower tae the first aider
who pits a dod o cotton-wool stuck oan
wi sellotape, ower yir eye,
an yi realise how lucky yi wur
an how lucky the burner wisnae
then again,
he could huv been the guy
that fell in the furnace,
the first-aider wisnae much use tae him
neither he wiz.
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- Rab   A Shipyard Poem   21st Oct 2006, 06:40pm
- - lindamac   My husband enjoyed that poem Rab,he related to it ...   16th Nov 2006, 03:08am
- - boots   Hi Rab, Enjoyed reading the poem. I liked the way...   19th Oct 2012, 10:46am
|- - lindamac   QUOTE (boots @ 19th Oct 2012, 10:01pm) Hi...   20th Oct 2012, 01:08am
- - Gallusbisom   It kinda means "schmoozed" him. That ma...   19th Oct 2012, 05:13pm
- - wellfield   Enjoyed it too talented man!!....I was a p...   19th Oct 2012, 08:11pm
|- - A Mackinnon   QUOTE (wellfield @ 19th Oct 2012, 09:26pm...   19th Oct 2012, 10:11pm
||- - wellfield   QUOTE (A Mackinnon @ 19th Oct 2012, 04:26...   20th Oct 2012, 01:41am
|- - lindamac   QUOTE (wellfield @ 20th Oct 2012, 07:26am...   20th Oct 2012, 01:02am
|- - Dave Grieve   QUOTE (wellfield @ 19th Oct 2012, 10:26pm...   20th Oct 2012, 06:10am
|- - wellfield   QUOTE (Dave Grieve @ 20th Oct 2012, 12:25...   21st Oct 2012, 03:22am
- - boots   Damn good poem, isn't it? I can't get thi...   20th Oct 2012, 01:35am
- - DavidT   Hello Rab, that's a fantastic piece of writing...   20th Oct 2012, 05:54am
|- - Rab   QUOTE (DavidT @ 20th Oct 2012, 07:09am) H...   21st Oct 2012, 07:10pm
- - wellfield   There were 24 giant cranes all told in this projec...   21st Oct 2012, 04:18am
- - wellfield   David T mentioned cranes....I think I mentioned on...   21st Oct 2012, 04:22am
- - wellfield   Sorry about the double pics! There were 24 cr...   21st Oct 2012, 04:44am
- - scossie   Aye Welly You never came up the clyde oan a Watter...   21st Oct 2012, 06:28am
|- - wellfield   QUOTE (scossie @ 21st Oct 2012, 12:43am) ...   21st Oct 2012, 03:41pm
- - boots   Thank you too Linda Mac. I didn.t see your post t...   21st Oct 2012, 08:48am
|- - lindamac   QUOTE (boots @ 21st Oct 2012, 08:03pm) Th...   22nd Oct 2012, 02:35am
- - A Mackinnon   Great photo of Anderston weans with the "Finn...   21st Oct 2012, 03:53pm
- - Rab   21st Oct 2012, 08:02pm
|- - DavidT   QUOTE (Rab @ 21st Oct 2012, 09:17pm) http...   22nd Oct 2012, 08:16am
- - lubbock   Very Good my man ,heres one for you. ...   22nd Oct 2012, 01:13pm
- - Rab   I feel I must follow that with up one of my favour...   22nd Oct 2012, 03:44pm
- - DavidT   Well I don't know how long that film was,.but ...   22nd Oct 2012, 06:03pm

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