Emma Grae - Better Days
1st December 2020
Emma Grae is a Scottish author and journalist from Glasgow.
She has published fiction and poetry in the UK and Ireland since 2014 in journals including The Honest Ulsterman, From Glasgow to Saturn and The Open Mouse.
Most recently, her work was selected to be performed by Liars' League at two of their London-based events in 2020.
Her first novel, be guid tae yer mammy, is being published by Unbound in May 2021.
â€œItâ€™s a war,â€ Mammy said.
Nae wan knows whit goes oan behind closed doors.
Stay at hame. Protect the NHS. Save lives.
Weâ€™ve fought oan aw fronts
And ahâ€™m tired
Weâ€™re aw tried
O this world turnt upside doon.
Granda wouldâ€™ve hud ten kittens
If heâ€™d lived tae see
Every pub in Glasgae shut.
â€œPuck the Rhona, bloody pint snatcher.â€
A disgruntled shake o the heid.
â€œEven this didnae happen durin the Blitz!â€
â€œTae hell wi any law that keeps me fae ma church!â€
Granny wouldâ€™ve said.
Convinced prayers can move mountains.
Godâ€™s gat his work cut oot fur him this year.
â€œZoom? Thatâ€™s an even dafter name than Facebox.â€
Oor pals, family, are absent.
Hidin behind screens
Memories and ghosts fur company.
We must dae oor bit fur the world.
â€˜Breathlessâ€™ blastin fae car windaes in March.
A rare laugh heidin back fae the hospital.
â€˜Do they know itâ€™s Christmas?â€™ through foggy November streets.
But weâ€™re still here.
Oor ain story fur the grandweans.
Mammyâ€™s always coonted
The worldâ€™s blessings.
â€œWeâ€™ve seen the back o that gabshite in the White Hoose.â€
Watched the internet proclaim,
â€œMelania, yer finally free!â€
Nae first footers this year,
Wur no riskin o that unwelcome guest.
Jackie Bird can gie it laldy fae a distance
And weâ€™ll huv a dram
A toast tae better days tae come.