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by roovacrag 

Posted: 10 March 2005
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I met a wee scots piper
whose name was Jock
played the bagpipes
better than rock.

Music was heard in
the hills and the glen
even called me his own
special hen.

His kilt swirled
when we glanced
light on the feet
with the highland dance.

My bonnie wee laddie
scots highland man
canny wee thing
yet I missed my chance.

He went off
with a girl from the glen
I was left alone
in my own But-N-Ben.

Still I remember
my scots lad
now and again
I still feel sad.

Was it the bagpipes
or the swirl of the kilt
could be the wee dram
I had one or two.

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Elsie at 22:59 on 10 March 2005  Report this post
Alice- what's a But-n-Ben? And what did he wear underneath? I hope you found out. I hope it wasn't too wee. Nice, Alice.

roovacrag at 23:04 on 10 March 2005  Report this post
Elsie thanks for quick response.
A But-n-Ben is a small cottage,bit like a bungalow made of stone.
You find them in Ireland as well.

Nothing is worn under the kilt.Lol.

xx Alice

paul53 [for I am he] at 09:02 on 11 March 2005  Report this post
I lived in a But-n-Ben for 2 years [76-78] in the North of Scotland. The delightful thing about poetry is it only takes a few words to take you back there.
One cold water tap that froze solid for months at a time; the hiss of a Tilley lamp [the silence when you turned it off]; the Elsan toilet with the dodgy handle; just 2 hours of darkness in the Summer; the sun didn't rise in the middle of Winter as we had a dirty great mountain due south.
Well done, hen.

Brian Aird at 10:19 on 11 March 2005  Report this post
Read it twice - 2nd time with a scots accent and with the benefit of the terminology explained.

It's a great piece.

Well done!


roovacrag at 21:40 on 12 March 2005  Report this post
Paul glad to hear you actually lived in one and knew what one was.
Very limited to say the least and winter goes on forever.

You surprise me often and would love to hear the history of your life so far.
Must be working to a great book.

xx Alice

roovacrag at 21:45 on 12 March 2005  Report this post
Brian now you know what a BUT-N-BEN is.
Very primitive and Paul actually lived in one. He must have been cold.
Thanks for reading it more than once.
Had a few e mails asking what it was.

xx Alice

paul53 [for I am he] at 10:15 on 13 March 2005  Report this post
Hear the history of my life? The word "fraught" comes to mind, and all I wanted was peace and quiet...

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