The Windae Cleaner


He used to dae this,
in signation,
checking for workthings afore he left.

He’d mime,
tea, sugar, shammy, scrim:
the sign o’ the cross.
Then aw prepared,
whistle oot the door.

Tea leaves and sugar
compartmentalised
in a wee brass can.

The same whistle,
which others used tae summon dugs,
would bring me tae the windae when he goat back.

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2 thoughts on “The Windae Cleaner

    • It’s the voice I talk to myself in, Glasgow born and bred. The dialect is not hardcore Glaswegian though, having the familial brushes of Irishry and Scots to soften the tone.

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