To celebrate Burns Night, we at West Lothian Writers would like to share with you Clout the Cauldron. Written in the style of Rabbie Burns, this poem by Sue Davies was first read out on BBC Radio Scotland almost twenty years ago on the 25th of January 1997. Click below the break to read Sue‘s work. We hope you enjoy the poem as much as we do.
“Clout the Cauldron”
My sonsie lass, I work in class
and science is my passion.
I’ve marvelled long at weak and strong
In this my occupation.
I’ve deaved the ear and let you peer
On many a good invention
But hard to beat for an engineer’s suite
Is the bonny micr’wave oven
Do not despise its canny size
Or molecular syncopation,
The wavelength chancy, braw frequancy
Or thermal excitation.
For by this engine and excitation of
Localised energy transfer,
I’ll heat your haggis or neeps or tatties
At a speed you’ll gie me thanks fer.