Shooglin Sheep


Shiny wet mud
flecks their blood-daubed arses:
ruddled hin-ends
o wool-heavy sheep
which
bobble as they hirple
doun the culvert,
ower stubbly grass
tae slurp
fae the gurgling
babby burn,
pasterns and muzzles
drookit,
dew claws damp
wi the
clear, cauld watter.
The hale scene
shooglin aboot
like a dishevelled hippy.

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7 thoughts on “Shooglin Sheep

  1. Fabulous Brian – although I think many of our non-Scots friends might find a translation helpful. I’m not sure about using “stream” in the 11th line; would we not say “burn” there?

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Shooglin Sheep


Shiny wet mud
flecks their blood-daubed arses:
ruddled hin-ends
o wool-heavy sheep
which
bobble as they hirple
doun the culvert,
ower stubbly grass
tae slurp
fae the gurgling
babby burn,
pasterns and muzzles
drookit,
dew claws damp
wi the
clear, cauld watter.
The hale scene
shooglin aboot
like a dishevelled hippy.

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