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Pictures in the Fire
S Winchester

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Pit oot the licht, I’ll sit alane,
The peat fire glow is a’ I need
Pictures noo without a frame,
They’re a’ here mirrored in my heid. 

A country school-bairns walkin’ miles
(Thae days we hadna even bikes!)
A gird tae tin ahin, an’ whiles
A sledge fin winter filled the dykes. 

Lang simmer days wi’ barfit feet
Parks o’ stooks an’ wee hairst mice
A wild floo’er carpet, made complete,
Oor ain wee world ca’ed paradise. 

A clockin’ hen wi’ a’ her brood
Gangs cluckin’ roon an’ scrapin’ sair,
A feathered ‘mum’ but jist as prood,
Her day’s her ain – she’s free as air. 

Ah weel-a bairn’s life noo-adays
Tae mine bears nae resemblance
But amang the gifts the guid Lord gies
There’s ane he ca’ed remembrance.

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