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The Bubblyjock by Hugh MacDiarmid

It’s hauf like a bird and hauf like a bogle
And juist stands in the sun there and bouks.
It’s a wunder its heid disna burst
The way it’s aye raxin its chouks
an ugly or terrifying demon
retches

stretching, cheeks/jaws
 
Syne it twists its neck like a serpent
But canna get oot a richt note
For the bubblyjock swallowed the bagpipes
And the blether stuck in its throat.
then


bladder

Learning resources

Many or most of MacDiarmid's poems are not accessible to younger children. 'The Bubblyjock' is one of the exceptions. The poem portrays very cleverly the peculiarities of the turkey.

Creating

Draw or trace a favourite animal. Label its body parts in Scots.

nebnose
shankslegs
moumouth
lugsears
luifpaw
huifhoof
hindershindquarters

Write a poem in Scots about an animal or creature

Think about:

the parts of its body and how to describe the creature

the movements, both large and small that it makes
(Does it make any movements a lot like a nose always twitching?)

the sounds it makes

the place it lives

In Scots you can make words like these to describe body parts:

sturdy-shankitsturdy legged
lang-craigitlong necked
pipe-shankltthin legged
lave-luggitdroopy eared