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Reading the Life of Robert Burns

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Reading the Life of Robert Burns

Post  mikeschultz on Sun Feb 10 2013, 06:25

With a shelf of books by or about Poet Robert Burns,
I scarcely know the man. Who was this young Ploughman Poet
Who wrote plain-fully of life’s ups and downs and twists and turns?

What calloused soul could write so of a mouse he overturns?
Some know fate’s Fickle Finger always points towards Carron’s boat.
From a shelf of books by or about Poet Robert Burns,

There is much to read, and to ponder, as the real truth yearns,
Crying out for expression, enough that others may note
Who wrote plain-fully, of life’s ups and downs, and twists and turns.

So, what shall we do with a writing that excites and churns
The dark, once placid waters into a tempest? Who, by rote,
Reads a shelf of books by or about Poet Robert Burns?

Not I, certainly, for I prefer to amble through a read that spurns
The need to be memorized. Robbie Burns gets my vote:
He wrote plain-fully of life’s ups and downs and twists and turns,

As a man of limitless learning with a spirit of heather and ferns,
He wanders as he wonders why he and we ever wrote
Dusty shelves of books by or about him, Poet Robert Burns,
Who wrote plain-fully of life’s ups and downs and twists and turns.


Michael Schultz © February 10, 2013 (0652)
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Re: Reading the Life of Robert Burns

Post  mikeschultz on Sun Feb 10 2013, 06:40

Hello everyone. I meant to identify the poem by its form - it's a villanelle. Hope you enjoy it. By the way, I'm half Scots on my mother's side (Galloway), and on my father's side I am German-Irish. I'm a blue-eyed ex-blonde (now greying and balding - isn't it just grand to grow older?), and I have a temper when upset, so yep, I'm my mother's son. I have enjoyed the great pleasure of visiting Scotland sailing aboard the US Navy's submarines. I attended my first Burns Night Supper at the Warrant Officer's Mess at the sub base at Faslane (I believe that was the name of the base). My memory is getting fuzzy these days, but I do recall the wonderful experience of my first Burns Night Supper and my first taste of Haggis. I liked it and had seconds. I made my own for last year's Supper where I invited 10 of my best friends and introduced them to Robert Burns. This year's attendance was 32 and a chef made the Haggis, which I will admit here and now was a sight better than mine. Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed the poem.
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