Saturday, 21 March 2009

adamsmithism

on the 16th June 2009
as always at that date
all around the world the faithful
turned towards Kirkcaldy

those rich enough
by following what they took to be his teachings
were of course in the holy town itself

thronged with businessmen
and increasingly in recent years
some women,
economists - the high priests of the religion
and of course the political elite'
agnostics mostly
but needing to be there
to press the flesh and pledge belief
in the one true faith

and at noon the great moment
when all bowed towards the lowly lawyer's stable
in which He was born
warmed by the cattle and the sheep
in the immaculate kingdome of Fife

they got to their knees
- on fine rugs made in Indonesia, special offer -
and lowered their heads to the sacred Earth
kissing the font of all raw materials
such are as left now
and declared the holy mantra

those to the west of Kirkcaldy
all around the world
proclaimed

ECONOMIC GROWTH

those to the east

AND FREE MARKETS

thus the mystic rite was fulfilled
and all those who could afford it
held festivals and shopping expeditions
and visits to ex-rainforests
to see how the mines now worked

while those
the excluded
the non-believers and the untouchables
looked on in envy and bewilderment
holding their sick and dying infants
standing on the parched, waste-strewn soil

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

1314 and 2009




ah remember 1314
it was nothin like they bastart
propagandists say
just blood and screams of agony
for minute after minute

a cowered in the river
ma leg half severt
by some massive english sword
least ah thought it wiz english
could have been wan ae oor side
it was such chaos an carnage

an that turncoat bastart Bruce
aye he milked wan side efter the ither
sookin up tae the english when it suited him fine
then when he saw an opportunity tae stick it tae his enemies
up here he puts his patriotic crown on
pretends that aw his past didny exist

and cried himsel the father of scots
the saviour ae the nation
aw spin
an the mugs bought it

no me
ah wiz jist caught up in the bastarts grabbin evry local guy
they could find
ah tried tae hide in the hay
but they pitchforked it so much
ah'd huv endit up wi a hundred holes in me

and so there ah wiz
in the battle tae end battles
in the war o so-called independence
the war tae end aw wars
cried Bruce

aye right Roberto
you watched as hunners ae yer peasant pawns
were slashed tae bits or cut doon by arras
that fell fae the sky
like a swarm a locusts

aw you played yer cameo role well
the knackered knight ridin tae escape
barely able tae keep oan his horse
poor guy
though he was probably just another bastart
greedy for land an power
but what a saw was a shattert soul
an you
fresh fae daein nuthin whilst we bled
caught up wi him
and ye took oot yer big shinin weapon
a couldny see whether it wiz a sword or an axe
an you took him fae behind
an clattert the massive metal brute
doon on his unknowin head
and near split the manny in two

this wisny battle
it wisny a duel
it was cold heartit
cold blooded
murder

an me
ah jist wantit hame
tae ma bairns
ma wife
and my wee bit land

wan ae the lucky wans me
wan leggit willy they ca' me noo
still a git by wi ma crutch an ma daughter's soft help

but ye kin stuff yer scotland up her hairy arse Bruce
this wiz niver fur us
this wiz only fur yer own chests full a money
your parcel a lands
there's a parcel a rogues in this nation
cryin themsels heroes
aw the time jist riflin through our coffers
bleedin the poor
conspirin against each other

you and yer damned bishops
your great victories
your deal wi the Pope
and the gentler Edward in England

father of the nation
butcher of bannockburn mair like
butcher of yer people, yer rivals, anywan that stood in yer way

hist'ry'll paint some rosy glow nae doubt
it always does to those who win the game
but as ah watched ma blood trail doon the Bannock burn
an thought ah'd never see my wee sad eyed daughter again
ah raged and raged inside
at the evil men who took us tae this madness
men like you Bruce
aye an Edward tae
an Wallace and Comyn afore

self-servers
nae sense a good or bad
just greedy maniacs

an when ye die
as even kings must
ah hope tae god there's a hell in which you'll rust