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Feather's Miscellany: Tunning t’Clocks Back

John Waddington-Feather, writing in his native Yorkshire language, puts in a very special plea to those who muck about with time.

Ther laikin’ abaht wi’ tahm ageean,
An’ who do ther think ther coddin’?
T’sun still comes up and t’sun goas dahn
And t dayleet’s scarce hoddin’.

It’s allus bin soa, an’ ivver will,
While t’owd earth keeps a–tunning;
Wi’ cowd hearths during t’summer months
An’ hot i’ winter bunnin’.

Ther tun t’ clocks back an’ forrard, too,
But still it’s same owd story:
Dayleet long in t’summertime,
In t’winter short and hoary.

Dark till eight and dark at four,
Wi’ nowt mich in between,
‘Cept goin’ to wark, an’ laikin’ aht,
An’ watchin t’telly screen.

Nah, if ther want to laike wi’ time
An mak thersens a neeam,
Then tun all t’clocks back fifty year
An’ mak me young ageean!

John Waddington-Feather ©

Laikin’ = playing

Hoddin’ = holding

Allus = always

Codding = kidding, cheating

Bunnin’ = burning

Neeam = name


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