The School Bag

The Bonnie Broukit Bairn

Hugh MacDiarmid
For Peggy 
Mars is braw in crammasy,                                              handsome/crimson
Venus in a green silk goun,
The auld mune shak's her gowden feathers,
Their starry talk's a wheen o' blethers,                            pack of nonsense
Nane for thee a thochtie sparin'
Earth, thou bonnie broukit bairn!                                    neglected child
— But greet, an' in your tears ye'll drown                       weep
The haill clanjamfrie!                                                      collection