The Times They Are a-Changing
By Liz Mulligan
Coogate Nursery – gone
Starkey’s – gone
Green Tree – gone
The Rag Store – gone
Phillips – gone
St Ann’s School – gone
The front of St Patrick’s – gone
The Snuff Box – gone
Casey’s – gone
Now I’m – gone
P. S. Remember and send this to me if I go senile.
Hingin’ Oot the Windae
By Isa Duncan
Soup’s made, tatties oan the bile and steak pie is in the oven.
So my ma’s got time tae lean oan her cushion tae hae a look oot the windae.
She is waiting for my faither tae come hame fae the pub, where he goes every
Sunday tae play dominoes wi his work cronies.
Sunday afternoon is always the same, so I’m well used tae it.
I am sitting reading my book at the fire while my mother gives me a running commentary oan everybody outside.
Whae’s got a new coat.
Whae’s sportin’ a black eye that her man gave her the night before.
Whae needs their windaes washed.
Whae thinks naebody kens that she is up the duff again.
Whae smokes like a chimney and is always moaning that she’s skint.
This pastime o’ hingin’ oot the windae gies my mother and all the wifies
roon’ aboot endless hours of entertainment.
Wee bairns in prams are oot in the gardens, some screamin’, some sleepin’,
one being rocked by a mum with an apron oan, turban roon’ her head wi
tin curlers poking oot the front.
My mother can even spot if a bairn is crying oot o’ temper or it needs tae be
fed; if the latter is the case, my mother screams the woman’s name tae get
the bairn the attention it needs.
When my dad comes home my mother swiftly takes her cushion and herself
indoors and closes the window.
Just another Sunday afternoon.
The Heart of the Community
By Sheila Fisher
The heart of the community are the people.
Or there’s the church with its lovely high steeple.
Then there’s the school, kids, teachers and the PTA.
Or the local pub where some folk like to while the time away.
But it’s the good folk that make the community,
They really are the mainstay.
The Dumbiedykes Writers Group has had two books published and regularly contributes to the quarterly newsletter Dumbiedykes News ’N Views. The Group meets on Tuesdays in Serenity Café (8 Jackson’s Entry) at 2-4pm and Billy is the group’s tutor who, in member Isa Duncan’s words, “tries to keep us in order when our concentration starts to flag!” Above is a sample of the Group’s work about the Southside, which is drawn from personal life experiences. New members are welcome and more information can be found at www.braidwoodcentre.org.uk.