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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”   

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