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See Me wan time I wis a Fox – Ian Hamilton Finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay Scottish Gardener and Poetsee me
wan time
ah wis a fox
ah wis ah sleekit! ah
gaed slinkin
                 heh
an snappin
yeh
the blokes
aa sayed ah wis a GREAT fox
aw nae kiddin
ah wis pretty good
had a whole damn wood
in them days
hen
Ian Hamilton Finlay (From Glasgow Beasts an a Burd)

Manys a pub where tae wheedle a drink you’ll get a tale – here in Glasgow Patois is the classic trope of past glory as a chat up line – the hen is a lassie, the wiley old foxes prey.