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Re: Walling poetry

Postby jerryg » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:46 am

Aaaah beautiful, no apologies needed waller-E. Can I use that on my gravestone?

and bioluminescing am I permitted to change the cosmological one slightly to my own needs?
I am not totally useless, I can be used as a bad example
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby Waller-E » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:49 am

I'm glad you liked it. As for your gravestone, how about:

Jerry the Waller,
He was the best;
It took this slab
To make him rest.
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby jerryg » Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:17 am

I was thinking it'd be more like:

Here lies jerry
his walls all hearted
could not lift any more stone
hence departed


or:

here lies a jerry
who always worked for a pittance
thank god he's placed his last stone
"good riddance"


:D :D :D :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby Waller-E » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:36 pm

Oh, great, a new rattle in my skull. Here's one fit for all wallers (change the pronoun to suit the ladies):

Here lies (......),
He loved to wall;
Been laying brimstone
Down below.
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby George Gunn » Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:48 pm

Waller-E
That Little Feat thing is very, very good ! :D :D
As are all the rest !

A little aside on gravestone inscriptions. Two good ones are -

" I told you I was ill "
and
" I'm behind you ! "
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby Waller-E » Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:07 am

Thanks, Viking.
When I posted that last inscription, I didn't know that Brimstone was the name of your website.
Practising already, just in case?
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby George Gunn » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:45 pm

Its not the name of my website ! :) Cheers !
I plan staying around for a wee while yet.
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby Waller-E » Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:00 am

A Viking is a Norse,
and that dyker is a horse
of a quite
different color,
of course.
Sorry.
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby Waller-E » Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:48 pm

Rainsford-Hannay's book "Dry Stone Walling" includes two poems - "Elegy to Davie the Dyker" by John McTaggart, from 1824, and "Reflections of a Dry Stane March Dyke" by John Wilson, from 1951. I've tried, many times, to read them and to understand whatever it was I was reading, but I admit I'm "utterly quell'd and defeated" by their language. Passages such as "...Brave Grahm wad been waur to haud in...' (McTaggart) and " When winter's gales blaw lood and snell they ken a siccar biel' ..." (Wilson) leave me feeling drunk.
I haven't been able to find any modern English versions of these poems. Are there any Scot dykers of the literary ilk out there up to translating them? They're both quite lengthy, but I can post them here if you don't have a copy of the book.
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby donald » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:26 pm

Lowell would never be wallin; LOL
Maybe when he was younger and fitter!Not when he was old and 30!
Great, I can hear it !HaHa That is good
I've tried it out/ played it and it works,eat yer heart out Dave Goulder!
Maybe it can be covered by Seasick Steve!
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby donald » Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:05 am

Can hear it, good!Go to you tube and show me
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Re: Walling poetry and songs

Postby stonedyker@talk21.com » Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:57 pm

I can highly recommend ''A gathering of Stones'' , a collection of walling and dyking music, songs and poetry brought together by Dave Goulder on CD. Contact him at his Lairg address, details on the DSWA list, to arrange purchase.
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Re: Walling poetry

Postby magic25 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:24 am

THE OLD WALLER by Gordon Allen North

I see him now, the rangy, dry-stone waller, his long, lean frame and shabby, greening hat; his twinkling eyes; the way he'd greet a caller with friendly nod, content to work and chat.

His long, sinewy fingers, scored and calloused, selected stones with judgment long matured and placed them firmly, neatly - and unharassed - where the perfect stability ensured.

The wall and he seemed almost kin together, dun-coloured, earthy, with a touch of green, elemental, piquant as the weather that sweeps the rugged, Lower Pennines scene.

I shall not forget the rangy, dry-stone waller, his long, lean frame and shabby, greening hat: where is he now, and what celestial caller hails him today and pauses for a chat?
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