where Rabbie walked

Artwork by Phil Burns

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where Rabbie walked

I want to walk where Rabbie walked
along sweet Afton’s braes
and dream the dreams that Mary dreamt
when on its grassy banks she lay

I want to go where Tam o’ Shanter went
when from Auld Ayr he rode
past Alloway’s grey kirkyard
to where the saving waters flowed

I want to walk the banks o Bonnie Doon
and hear the chant of little birds
to think about the poet’s life
and savour his immortal words

I want to think the thoughts that Rabbie did
as he watched a louse in a lady’s best kirk hat
he knew the truth about each person’s worth
a man’s a man for a’ that

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5 Responses to where Rabbie walked

  1. Lovely poem! Even lovelier to hear you read it in your own voice.


  2. jenne49 says:

    I can see you and Rabbie sitting down over a pint and discussing this poem.
    And Rabbie being delighted that somebody’s carrying on his tradition and spreading the word:
    It’s coming yet for a’ that,
    That Man to Man, the world o’er,
    Shall brothers be for a’ that.
    Love it!


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