Friday, January 04, 2008

Christmas References IV: from Merrybegot by Mary Dalton

(Installment in a series featuring excerpts from Rattling Books titles involving reference to Christmas.)


Some of them could go fast as the wind -
Nell now - and she was a great hand at it,
Scrolls and squares and dogs and roses
And one time a red punt on the water.
And then the scrubbing -
Dragging mats down to the cove in summer.
We beat them against the beach rocks,
And the salt water gave back their colour.
And come Christmas
Out we went mummering,
Out in the fools, happy as kings.
Mat rags sewed into our clothes.


Mat appears in the collection Merrybegot by Mary Dalton. The unabridged audio edition of Merrybegot is narrated (and occasionally sung) by Anita Best with Patrick Boyle on trumpet and flugelhorn.