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Feather's Miscellany: Poddle On

John Waddington-Feather’s Yorkshire dialect poem expounds a stoical approach to life’s setbacks.

When t’world abaht thi falls to bits,
An’ nobbut seeams all stoans an’ sticks;
When Fate sits glowerin’ day bi day,
An’ nowt tha does keeps him at bay -
Keep poddling on.

When rent-day comes, tha’s nowt to pay,
They come to tak thi hooam away;
When life itsen foreclosured seeams,
No leet in t’sun, no gowden beeams -
Keep poddling on.

Tak heart for just as t’tide goes aht,
Tomorrow will be turns abaht
An’ in it comes, so does thi luck,
A page’ll turn i’ life’s long book -
So poddle on.

John Waddington-Feather ©

Yorkshire dialect words:

Nobbut = only
Nowt = nothing
Poddle = to keep struggling on
Seeams = seems
Leet = light
Aht = out
Abaht = about


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