Record Entry for English Department Writing Competition ‘Mindin John Graham wi da best o wirds’ The 2011 competition for the best piece of writing in the Shetland dialect, held in memory of former head teacher John Graham, saw a record number of entries. This year’s judge was Mrs Valerie Watt. A well known local author, she was delighted with the very high standard of work submitted . The winning entry was ‘Iraq’, a thought provoking poem by Jonathan Sandilands . We hope you enjoy reading it.
Trow watery een… I saa Roondin da trees I saa… A toorni fence A waa o strippit grey, Clingin tae da wire Piercin een, Starin… Pleadin fur help Grinds öpened I saa… Staggerin men, A niffirr‐endin burn o pain Flowwin taewards me Hannds yokkin da air Grespn fur freedim Men gret I saa… Rottin flesh, Diskërdit boadies, Disfiggird faces, Mass graves, Misshapen limbs
Soldiers gasped I saa… Men, tree tae a bunk Squashed Braanded… lik kye Numbered… lik Spare pairts Tinkin back I saa… Sells, Scorries Tammie Norries Da beauty… O Shetland… Shetland, me hem Trow watery een I saa… Da contrast… Whit wis dis… Dis hell on eart? Vee’v agenst da sky I saa Da sign… “BELSEN”
AHS September 2011 Newsletters