Further to my post on Morris dancing and the controversies it provokes, here’s a new English haiku—to follow the original one, as well as my own ode to the 94 bus and garbled reference to a popular graffiti.
It should be read in a strong Lancashire accent. The opening line (for a variant, note comments below!) would be a headline, rather in the style of “Ping-pong ding-dong“. And the “rhyme that doesn’t quite work” doubtless has one of those fancy names that they try and teach you in school:
Trouble at t’Morris
‘As PC gone mad? Ey-up—
T’Nutters of Bacup!
For Stewart Lee’s trenchant rebuke of “PC gone mad gone mad”, see here; and for “Ey-up!” in Venice, here,
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I discovered recently that Bacup is pronounced Bay-cup. It’s only a few miles into Lancashire from where I was brought up (Yorkshire) and we often went to the Amateur Astrological Society in Bacup (we pronounced it back-up) to gaze at stars through their telescopes. Set up by hippies and visited by the same. . .
[In response to my original posting “Strife at t’Morris”—SJ]
Now then, the thing with t’ is it’s not really voiced but more in the nature of a glottal stop and as such doesn’t (I reckon) count as a syllable, so
‘Trouble at t’Morris’ (cf ‘trouble at t’mill’) would perhaps be a better first line. ‘Like’ the almost rhyme though…
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Hm OK I’ve gone with that now—yes it’s more suggestive. It was my first idea, but feeling that the “t’ ” is usually sounded as a pretty heavy separate syllable, I resigned myself to “Strife at t’Morris”. You should know, though…
Not really a syllable on our side of the Pennines, but then they do talk a bit funny ‘ovver t’top’…
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