Ah went oot the morn for tae fetch in the milk
Three pints - and each wan o' them sittin'
In yon bit o' grun - by ma' door it is fun' -
So ma feet got quite wet.............ma shoes fittin'
Quite bad, fur ye see that between you an' me
It's nine weeks since ah've hud tae pit oan
Whit they ca' "outdoor claes!" - ken, yer coat, or yer blaz-
-Er - Ah'm sure youse oot there heard me groan!
Fur ah'm getting' used fur tae sit nice an' tight
In ma wee flat, an' masel' amuse
Wi' scribblin' daft verse ah doan huvtae rehearse
'An no hivin' tae pit oan ma shoes!
Noo, ah hiv tae sae I had planned fur tae dae
Aw' manner of stuff this new dawn
But it didnae - ah knows - fur tae shove ma ten toes
In ma shoes, naw, ah'd no plans to don
Ma shoes - but ye ken when I went oot the door
Ah jist hud tae gie a wee smile-y
Fur there's this wee plant, wi' wee leaves, thin and scant
Which patiently waited a while-y
An' ah thought tae masel' - "See that there, Mu-ri-el!
Wud that no' make ye grin like an ape
Fur that wee plant there is stuck down, fair 'n square
Frae that bit it no' can escape!
It's been awfy long since we heard that nice song
Of the rain as it faw'd in straight lines
An' gave aw the weeds 'n the plants whit they needs
Tae survive...........be it grass or tall pines!
So dryin' ma feet - aye, ah keen that's no treat -
It's whit ye kin ca' "com-pen-say-shun!"
Fur seein' that plant there turn up tae the air
Tae catch aw the watter - e-la-shun
Oan it's wee green leaves as it stretches and heaves
Fur tae drink a' the rain that doon fa's
Ah sit in ma chair an' ah think - aye it's fair
An' ah shouldnae be fashed - ah've dry wa's
But when ah need a drink, ah jist don't hivtae think
Ah jist turn oan the tap in my sink
An' fill up a glass - or maybe demi-tasse!
Wi' H2O, 'an have a drink!
So ah'll no complain - no not never again
Weel ah might 'cos a'm no' aw that bright!
But for noo in ma heid a wee picture ah'll feed
Of a grateful wee plant - aye, so there!
Next time ah go oot for tae fetch in the milk
Ah jist hope that ma heid can recall
That bonnie wee thing - jist like a diamond ring!
As it caught aw the rain that doon falled!!!