Another Manx Dialect Poem

 From Culture Vannin this morning...

One of the Isle of Man's greatest poets was born on this day in 1904: Kathleen Faragher.
To mark the occasion, here is one of our favourite poems of hers:
by Kathleen Faragher
Yis! I was sayin’ to Mrs Crowe theer this mornin’,
That things isn’ a bit what they were;
For in my young days all of us childher
Had to say “Please” an’ “Thank yer,” an’ “Sir.”
But to-day all them youngsters of Alfie’s
Comes stormin’ right in through the dhure,
An’ “Hiya Gran!” they’re all shoutin’ – “Wha’s cookin’?”
As they stamp the mud over me flure.
Then out to the garden goes Bobby –
Fair clicky that boy is on flowers!
An’ he studies theer insides an’ outsides,
So theer’s norra word from that chile, not for hours!
An’ Meery’s jus’ as mad on her hist’ry,
With the book forever under her nose;
Though what good it’ll do her in some office
Typin’ testamints an’ wills, goodness knows!
Then theer’s Danny – the dead spit of his mother –
Makin’ a bee-line for them books on the shelf,
An’ his min’ is far out in the Wil’ Wes’!
So I’m lef’ theer to talk to meself!
An’ them knowin’ very well, the li’l divils,
That I’m wantin’ all the newses tha’s goin’;
But they’re not even hearin’ me vice, gel,
So I naver do git to know all tha’s doin’!
Though I asks about this wan an’ that wan,
An’ if theer’s anythin’ new in the town;
But I might jus’ as well save me win’ theer,
An’ git me carthans done upstairs an’ down!
All this learnin’ that goes awn in the schools now,
Why! the like wasn’ in in my day!
But whether they’re any batther for it all, gel,
Theer’s no tellin’ – tha’s jus’ what I say!
For they’ll talk about splittin’ the atom,
An’ a whole lorra poor things like that;
But would they split up that pile of owl firewood?
I can tell yer, me gel – they would not!
Why the three o’ them takes afther theer mother
Is more than a wise man would know!
For she’s a dhreamer if aver theer was wan!
It’s my Alfie tha’s got all the “go”!
Look who’s comin’! Why! it’s Meery an’ Danny!
An’ Bobby too! – Well! dun’t they look nice?
A rale credit to theer mother, all the lorra them!
Yis, they’re growin’ – an’ as sharp as li’l mice!
Aw ay! they’re good childher for all, though,
An’ smart awful, though I says it meself:
Wipe yer fate on the mat, yer young dirts, yer!
What’s that Danny? – Aw! “HIYA” yerself!


  1. It's good that you are helping to preserve and remember the Manx culture JayCee. I find it similar to Lancashire dialect.

    1. The poem is best spoken aloud. You really get the feel for the dialect then.

  2. I enjoyed this poem and I recognized the grandma speaking of her grandchildren. Complaining about lost manners, but then happy to see them, of course! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy to announce that Biden has been declared the President-Elect! Oh Happy Day!

    1. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the poem. I expect most grandparents can relate to it!
      Glad that you are happy too x

  3. The grandmother/narrator appears to be suspicious of education instead of encouraging her grandchildren to relish their learning. When I was a teacher I came across a lot of parents like that - with anti-educational attitudes just below the surface. Thanks for sharing this poem JayCee.

    1. I think it was of its time, when the world was changing and the old ways being left behind too quickly for some.

  4. Brilliant! I did manage to read it out loud. Probably murdered the accent

  5. Aye, an there's some Scouse in there an all. That'll not be surprisin tho.


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