Toward the end of 2019, with the UK December general election behind us, I was in California. I thought hard about what contribution I could make to Scotland's effort to establish different values to the present UK. So I did two things.

 

  1. For the first time in my long life I joined a political party.

  2. I decided to contribute my rhyming skills and create a series of #scotlandditties and launch them on Twitter.

 

I set myself some rules for the #scotlandditties:

  • no swearing;

  • no ditty longer than one tweet;

  • be more inclusive than divisive.

Playful, irreverent, political, serious, and at times anthemic, the first of more than a hundred #scotlandditties 

appeared on December 31, 2019. 

RISE

The River Clyde remembers me

As well as any memory

And rises up just by the sea

As this year, rise shall we.

The River Clyde churns like blood,

Makes emotion froth and flood,

Its bones of forebears banked in mud:

Yours; mine; the deep myriad.

The River Clyde flows ever strong,

Soft smooth above hides what is wrong.

'Hark!' sings the River all day long.

'Rise up Scotland. Hear my song.'

DITTIES

GREMLIN

the statue of Wellington in Glasgow city centre ALWAYS has a traffic cone on its head. It has become something of a landmark. Since the EU referendum the cone was changed to sport the EU flag.

In Glasgow's a gremlin

Who deals in hats.

If you're looking for an emblem

Or something like that,

Just give a shout 

In any square,

They'll pop out

With at least a pair.

But their greatest feat

It must be said,

Is dropping a cone

On Wellington's head.

TORQUE

To wait too long

Is a dangerous thing,

Comes caustic to the yearning.

Slights & scorns sharpen thorns,

Screws of hate keep turning.

Deny & denigrate can work

But are a short solution. 

For history shows the more the torque,

The more blood the revolution.

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