This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. The following poem was written last week as I was sat next to Suzanne’s grave. It sums up my thoughts at that moment. There were kilts, trews of appropriate plaid, several skirts plus shawls of various family or regimental origin. Allison Thompson (email: allisonthompson@juno.com) is a dance historian, musician and writer.She has written extensively about the folk dance revival in England and the United States and is an authority on maypole dancing. Short Story: The Insect and the Octopus This is a short story I had published in the University of Sydney literary magazine, Hermes , back in 2004. Some day I shall post some more information about what exactly entails Scottish country dance, but for now I'll only say that it's line dancing various figures in (usually) 32 beat measures. Can you hear the birds and the plane overhead? Rollo was a prominent figure in Cupar in the first half of the last century. Today I had a lovely quite day. The famous Scottish poet Robert Burns recalled the scene with a line of lyrics he set to the tune in 1790: “He takes the field wi' his White Cockade”. ‘By Suzanne’s Grave’ I wonder if you can see me sitting here, A hunched over figure shedding a tear. A type of poem consisting of 13 or 14 lines with a two line refrain appearing two or three times Sottish country dancing figure; or, a short poem of 14 lines Figure in Scottish country dancing by means of which couples change position in the set As far as the Scottish dancing went, we danced the usual familiar routines--jigs, reels, chains, strathspeys, do-si-do's, and casts. The evening ended with a Ceilidh band and Scottish Country dancing. The following poem comes from a booklet which contains a collection of 32 very good poems all relating to Scottish Country Dancing. In any case, speeches, poetry and pipes were the order of the evening. The dances originated on village greens in the British Isles. In Scottish country dancing, the dancers complete a figure 8 pattern on the floor in a reel. The booklet, entitled, ‘All Pat’s Party Pieces’ is available at a … Allison Thompson . Are you sat beside me here on this bench? This poem has been sponsored by clockworklady and EdorFaus. Did you hear anything I just said? My first ever fiction publication, which was pretty exciting, and I got some prize money for it too. In a country dance, two to four, occasionally up to six, couples dance together in a figure or "set”. “The White Cockade” was already well-known in the colonies at the time of the American Revolution, as a country dance tune and a fife and drum piece. Spinning The sets may be circles, squares, triangles or long lines. All of the poems are in tune with my belief that Scottish Dancing should be a light hearted and social pursuit. As well as an amateur photographer, he was an avid bee-keeper who was secretary and treasurer of the Scottish Beekeepers Association for 28 years (Dundee Courier 6 December 1948). A bailie and Justice of the Peace, he died in 1948 at the age of 81. It is hardly a roll call of the great, the good and the admirable - … I still have the dress I bought with that money too… The Bay City Rollers, Scottish country dancing, mutton pies, wee Jimmy Krankie and Gordon Ramsay? The Rules of the Assembly: Dancing at Bath and Other Spas in the Eighteenth Century. It was inspired by prompts from technoshaman and stardreamer.It also fills the "aggressive" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character fest, and the "nurture self-worth" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. You hear the birds and the plane overhead shawls of various family or regimental origin prominent figure Cupar... Occasionally up to six, couples dance together in a country dance, two four. 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