Frank McGillivray – On Hurlford Road – Part 4 – Acting

Frets Words is pleased to showcase the poetry of Frank McGillivray, we will publish the series of poems collectively titled ON HURLFORD ROAD. Frank is a local Avondale poet and we’re delighted to be able to promote talent on Frets Words.

PART FOUR

ACTING

I was the Wee Cooper O’ Fife
My mother adapted my father’s
Old brown dungarees
And I wore his tweed cap.
I affected to smoke my grandfather’s pipe.

A sheepskin, fashioned
From card and cotton wool,
Was placed on my wife’s back,

Following which
I thrashed her with a stick,
A consequence of her failure
To carry out basic household tasks.

It was only acting.
She submits, everyone sings,
Equilibrium is restored.

Our parents applauded energetically.
Girls in the class approached
The front of the stage
And threw
Hard boiled sweets.

It was safer to stay in at play time.
Older boys made darts
From straws, plasticine and needles.

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