Thursday, March 22, 2018

Robert “Robbie” Burns

Robert “Robbie” Burns


Let us pay homage to a fellow poetic soul

Robbie was born January 25, 1759 atop a Scottish knoll

This writer instead was born January 25, 1957 on Canadian soil

Fascinated too by Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


A painting of Robbie’s home is placed upon my bedroom wall

Reminding me always of his chivalrous call

A man whose loyalty was to country and not to distant royals

Whose enchanted quill rewarded Robbie with many literary spoils


Auld Lang Syne remains novel with each passing year

So let’s celebrate with Robbie by lifting high a pint of Scottish beer

Tam O’shanter is an eery tale at the very best

The devil playing bagpipes nearly gave ole Tam cardiac arrest


But what of witches and of Halloween 

One can only imagine shivering kilts and a haggis filled cuisine

Now envision yourself atop Scotland's mystical unicorn

And let Robbie’s magic prick you as would a Jerusalem thorn



Thank you,
Joseph Pede

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