A JOCULAR AND DERISIVE POEM WHAT I WROTE WITH A SUITABLY LONG TITLE TO GET EVERYBODY'S ATTENTION - CLEVER EH?

The bagpipes make a canny sound

that make your head go round and round.

Or could it be the whisky's touch

that makes it happen quite so much?

I canna tell if the truth be known,

for when I hear that dreadful groan

I always reach for liquid solace

and suffer more than William Wallace.

◄ TAKING THE PLUNGE

ANTEDISESTABLISHMENT VEGETARIANISM ►

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raypool

Mon 6th May 2019 21:27

Blimey, what a long title will do, a cheap and nasty trick of course, but quite common. This little poem wot I wrote was done some time ago as a sort of joke. I like the uilean pipes but can do without the Scottish ones, although massed pipes and drums can be quite stirring if done well. I remember on the New years eve 1999 I worked with not one but six pipers all in one hotel.

Thanks Brian, you couldn't make that up! Imagine an Arab playing bagpipes.

Dorothy, not a closet enthusiast surely. You're not alone, don't worry.

Thanks Don, I am on safe ground then! I think humorous poetry is always most effective in rhyme form.

Trevor, I know what you mean - and also I dislike politicians droning on. Thanks.

Hi Stu, a certain inevitability there I suspect. To interest add stentorian....

Thanks Jennifer, another variation on the theme of the Highlands, aye and a fine one too, i'll be bound. The title was actually spelt that way as a colloquial trick to make it more farcical, but thanks , no problem.

With your story to add to the complexities Kevin we could write a soliloquoy of the art. That sounds like a ploy to draw fire. Horrible sound to wake up to for sure.

Wow Jason, freedom comes at a heavy price, like paradise ( post bagpipes) thanks.

David, fascinating stuff ..true Scottish humour in that comment. I'm almost seeing Billy Connolly . That's a really appropriate point about the origin of the chanters. Frankly I never before made a connection, so thank you for enlightening me. It's all part of the Balmoral effect now.

I'm most gratified to get so much reaction to this. Next week I shall mainly be featuring the cor anglais - or not.

Andy, Philip, Randy and Lisa thanks so much for reading and liking.

Ray

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 5th May 2019 08:20

I'm a sweaty sock by birth (English blood though)

If I've had enough Whiskey I like the Pipes, otherwise I am prone to be abusive to any Piper on English streets. I once had a chat with a Piper on the High Street in Guildford, I asked him if he had ever seen Morris Dancers at Edinburgh Castle? after which I told him if he ever did he would then be welcome to disturb the peace of Surrey's County Town any time he liked...but otherwise he could piss right off.

Of course us Sweaty Socks didn't invent the pipes, we just put a bag on the Chanters we stole from the dead hands of Afghans and Turks we had slaughtered.

I guess that's what an Empire does for you.

Horrible poem Ray,

David.

PS, I like the Ernie Wise tribute in the title...very nice touch. Also a little bit of the Rabble Rouser in you on show there Ray..lol.

I see you.

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Jason Bayliss

Sun 5th May 2019 08:04

FREEDOMMMMmmmmmmmm!😂

J.

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kJ Walker

Sun 5th May 2019 06:54

There used to be an old pipe major who played in the town centre in Doncaster. You'd often see him playing outside people's houses at death-o'clock in the morning. I assumed he'd been sent there out of malice.

He was one of the town's characters, and I miss seeing him now

Cheers Kevin

jennifer Malden

Sat 4th May 2019 18:55

Really funny! Have to confess (being Scottish) that I like a pipe band,
as Dorothy says, they look great, and strut along, testosterone boiling over,but single pipers only in small doses! I would have thought 'the peeps were pulled' was something quite different! Just to be nitpicking, shouldn't it be 'which I wrote, or that I wrote'? Just being bossy as usual.

Jennifer

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Stu Buck

Sat 4th May 2019 16:38

went to a hogmanay many years ago where the peeps were pulled. certainly an interesting sound.

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Trevor Alexander

Sat 4th May 2019 11:47

I'm quite ambivalent about bagpipes. Sometimes I sort of like them, whilst at other times I wonder who's strangling a cat!

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Don Matthews

Sat 4th May 2019 00:06

I never thought I'd see the day
A rhymer hiding in our Ray
Surprises they will never cease
I will admit it does me please 😎

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Fri 3rd May 2019 19:50

Ray
I have a terrible confession - I am going to have to whisper it - i like bagpipes - I like men in kilts with sporrans and dirks. i like the way they swagger and strut.

Am I going to get kicked of WoL?

I shall creep away now and seek solace in a chocolate egg.

Dorothy 😡

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Brian Maryon

Fri 3rd May 2019 18:38

Whilst travelling in Europe by train for a month in 1972 I met a young Scotsman similarly travelling and carrying his bagpipes with him. He nearly got them stolen in Dusseldorf and had to chase an Arab down the platform!

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