Friday, March 28, 2014

A Toast to Elsie Scott Stuehmeyer, Kiltmaker

I am honored to lead in a toast
To a friend - and a teacher, who most
Of the aspects of stitchin’
A garment that’s bitchin’
Gives us craft most unique. Let us boast:

Here’s to Elsie! Who always is startin’
A kilt in familial tartan;
This has brought her much fame-
She’s a grand Scottish Dame!
Though her trappings remain rather Spartan.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wheeling Around The Dance Floor

After William Dunbar (1460 - ); from his morality tale, "The Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins"

“Mahoun” wore a coat like a “quheill,”
Hung in “rumpillis” clear down to his “heill”
At the party he threw
For some folks (me and you);
Seven times “air of Hell” – a raw deal.

Mahoun - Satan
quheill - wheel
rumpillis - pleats
heill - heel
air of Hell - the poem's double meaning of 1) Satan as heir of Hell, and 2) referring to Satan's monstrous and near-deadly farting.
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