Sheena Blackhall is one of the poets we chose to feature for National Poetry Day 2009.
Sheena Blackhall is presently Makar of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. She is a poet, storyteller, novelist, illustrator, singer, teacher and playwright.
Sheena has published 67 poetry pamphlets, 10 short story collections, three novellas, and broadcast short stories for children on Radio Scotland. Two of her children's plays have been televised. She co-edits the Doric poetry website Elphinstone Kist and frequently works on Aberdeen City's Reading Bus.
These two poems are taken from 'Hinkum-Clinkum: Scots Rhymes fur Littlins', published by Malfranteaux Concepts. Sheena says: 'A hinkum is a young and cheeky boy, in Scots, and a clinkum is the ringer of a kirk bell. A jester with bells on could be called a hinkum-clinkum.'
Fin I pit on my jammies
An climm the stair tae bed
I ken that he'll be wytin
My frien caad Mr Ted.
An fin I coorie doon tae sleep
I haud him in my bosie?
He's made o fur
He disna gurr
He's affa, affa cosie!
Halloween! Wee neep in the park
We'll teem yer belly
We'll save yer sark
Pit caunles inno yer twa neep een
Fur a ghaistie-licht at Halloween!