Jim Ferguson

fifty-one
for Marion & Eve

now that we are fifty-one
many things done and others not
still we don’t want to be caught
on our deathbeds with regrets

how we recall our smoking teachers
belting us for doing the same
and it was meant to be better if we were talking
the Inglish of the Queen

rather than our West of Scotland ‘slang’
which wasn’t allowed in the classroom then
unless of course it was Rabbie Burns
his auld language was fit to be taught

but the language of our parents
of our homes and of our streets
most definitely was not deemed fit
for the expression of finer thoughts

now that we are fifty-one
we’re free almost from that
at least
wir almost free frae that

Jim Ferguson © 2013