Saturday, April 12, 2014


               Do Ye Ken?

In the land of the Scots,
It was often asked of a girl or boy,
"Aye, me Bonny lass or lad,
Do ye ken, or not?"

The question had nae to do,
With who she were,
But inquired instead
If she understood..

That term is ne'er heard
E'er more in these modern times,
But I feel 'tis needed more
Than e'er before,

Because we all run about
Oblivious to truth,
Searching for answers
When we just need more couth,

It still should be used to
Stop and ask (as in the land
Of the Scots, that once it was)
"Do ye ken or not?"


Anonymous said...

Aye, I doo lass.
lol..ask a kid today if they Ken and they'll think you mean Barbie's boyfriend.

Grammy said...

Ha ha. you are so right!

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

What an interesting focus for this challenge! You are quite a poet (an you must know it!). Thanks for introducing me to your posts by dropping into mine!

debi o'neille said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and posting a comment. I just joined as a follower to your blog, and if you are so inclined, I hope you join mine is well. I enjoyed your poem, and I read your poem on jealousy also. You are gifted. I can't write poetry. Well, I shouldn't say that. I can write it, I just can't write readable or enjoyable poetry. :-) Have a good day! By the way, my husband and I read our kids in a town that is very Scottish. I used to be the reporter for that town, and every year I got to write the feature about their Scottish town celebration held every January, called Burns night. It was always wonderful with an assortment of Scottish dishes passed around, Scottish attire and Scottish dancing and music. I loved those nights.

Anonymous said...

I do ken! I do ken! Love this poem! 😃

Grammy said...

Thank you all for your very kind comments!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Barbie's boyfriend - funny, Pat!
I live in the South so I know just what that means...

Marie said...

I have a real fondness for Scottish poets, since my husband and I met at a Robert Burns night!

Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my blog.

Marie at

Anonymous said...


I really like your command of the language in this poem. It must have been a bit of a challenge, but you've really gotten the dialect and rhythm down.

Grammy said...

Thank Ye!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Let's stop running for answers. Let's ask the question and then wait.

And then we Ken!! ;)

With great respect!