John Quinn is a former teacher and writer from Dundee. Previous to Mind the Time his poetry had appeared Poetry Scotland, Northwords Now and Neu Boots and Pantisocracies, among other places. In 2017 his play O Halflins an Hecklers an Weavers an Weemin about the City of Dundee and Jute was premiered in Verdant Works Museum accompanied by the music of Michael Marra. A second run is scheduled for June 2018. He has also written a modern historical novel, The Eyes of Grace O’Malley, to be published later this year.
(Hampden Park 1978)
Oot thonder we’v a wheen o’ fitba-ers
daein laps o’ honour tae fowk seengin,
tummlin cat ma, an rowtin like kye noo.
But we’re mair like yowes forbye we’v nae gemme,
nae bliddy ba gemme tae keek at the day.
Ally’s brocht impidence gabs a guid gemme.
Tho takin the cup hame’s guid conceit no?
Dinna ken aboot youse but hae ma doots
that the Argentinians or ithers
are fashin thaimsels aboot the Scots ken?
Hud a gemme here agin Argentina.
Thay’v a wee laddie Maradona wha’s
no sae muckle a diamant in the glaur,
juist a diamant thir no bliddy uisin!
Nae mair cantie Scots faces gin simmer.
From Mind the Time (Football Memories Scotland, 2017)