John Quinn is an ex-teacher, writer and performer from Dundee. His poetry in Scots and English has appeared in Poetry Scotland, Northwords Now, Scotia Extremis and Mind the Time. He is the author of the play O Halflins an Hecklers an Weavers an Weemin and a full length novel The Eyes of Grace O’Malley (Black Wolf Books).
Anent the Wird Socialeist
Ilka day in wunnerland Humpty Dumpty says tae Alice - a wird means whit ye chuise whitiver fowk jalouse. An in Auld Reekie aye an on a scholar name o’ Blair, wha wis nae lad o’pairts stairtit lairnin sic dark airts. Aince clause fower wis chowkit the Labour Pairty wis cried new - bit like thon auld yairn gaes aboot the scuddy Emperor’s claes. Blair’d seen Thatcher skelp the left as tho reddin cairpet stour. Thair wis nae common weal an greed wis guid an weel. Wrangous wars an nuclear airms stravaiged the laundskip o the left. A Jock Tamson’s bairns? -mercat rule is whit wiv lairned. Anither ill-uissage o’ the name wis at Caledonia’s referendum an sae cried socialeest brithers on Tory tattie-bogles’ shithers. Keir Hardie maun be birlin like a peerie in e’s widen jaiket fury. Sae when ye come athort thon wird - mibbe Humpty Dumpty’s wha ye heard?
From The Darg (Poets Republic, 2019)