The Wild Geese

By Violet Jacob

    “O tell me what was on yer road, ye roarin’ norlan’ Wind,
    As ye cam’ blawin’ frae the land that’s niver frae my mind?
    My feet they traivel England, but I’m dee’in for the north.”
    “My man, I heard the siller tides rin up the Firth o’ Forth.”

    “Aye, Wind, I ken them weel eneuch, and fine they fa’ an’ rise,
    And fain I’d feel the creepin’ mist on yonder shore that lies,
    But tell me, ere ye passed them by, what saw ye on the way?”
    “My man, I rocked the rovin’ gulls that sail abune the Tay.”

    “But saw ye naething, leein’ Wind, afore ye cam’ to Fife?
    There’s muckle lyin’ ‘yont the Tay that’s mair to me nor life.”
    “My man, I swept the Angus braes ye hae’na trod for years.”
    “O Wind, forgi’e a hameless loon that canna see for tears!”

    “And far abune the Angus straths I saw the wild geese flee,
    A lang, lang skein o’ beatin’ wings, wi’ their heids towards the sea,
    And aye their cryin’ voices trailed ahint them on the air
    “O Wind, hae maircy, haud yer whisht, for I daurna listen mair!”