Girl reads poem on the bus, just written, to boy, her inspiration, in next seat.
The Scottish Word:


Yiv glisk’d at that
an glisk’d at thon,
glisk’d here an glisk’d there.
Yiv glisk’d like a stervin loon.

Yer fidgin fain tae be at,
what, ye dinni ken,
but yir at nithin,
nithin’s where yer at.

Come an tak tent o the passin warld
or tak a buik, or hear a sang.
Tentillie, an mair than wance
sic as tae fettle yir brain.
Doom scrollin’s bilin yours.

Tae mince.

Wanna borrow wan o mha buiks?


glisk: glance, glimpse, glint, flicker.

You’ve glanced at that
and glanced at that other
glanced here and glanced there
you’ve flickered about like a mad starved bird.

You’re frightfully eager to be busy at something,
what, you do not know,
but you are busy doing nothing,
doing nothing is where you are.

Come and be attentive to the passing world
or take a book, or hear a song.
With care and attention and more than once
so as to sharpen and strengthen your brain.
Doom scrolling’s boiling yours.

To minced beef.

Would you like to borrow one of my books?

The Scottish Word: glisk with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.

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