Lambie's Close
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There’s many chaps that I should ken,
Or should I say, acquaint,
Or freens I’ll say, or should be when
Their company’s nae complaint,
They hail fae here, an’ hail fae there,
Fae the fields o’ cley an’ moss;
An’ congregate when time can spare,
In Mrs Lambie’s close.
Twa three chaps frae Pennyglen,
An’ some fae doon the brae,
Some travelin’ in fae auld Stepen’,
Tae gether in the fray.
There they stan’ an’ lay it forth;
A’ topics they discuss,
The time they spen’ in muckle worth,
In Mrs Lambie’s close.
Of course ther’s chaps there fae the toon,
Tae gae the local chat;
Tae tell o’ somebody’s honeymoon,
An’ ither things lik’ that.
But then again opinions puck,
An’ temper’s sometimes loss,
But never has a blow been struck,
In Mrs Lambie’s close.
Sae let us hope that friendship’s course
Will run as unco weel,
That time wae freenship will endorse,
Each close attendin’ cheil.
Lang standin’ freenship will abide,
Tho’ words at random toss;
If troubles chide just ye confide,
In Mrs Lambie’s close.

Poems of Arthur G. McColm

The Spooncreel's End Evacuating Doos at the Kirk Belfry Bobby and The Wartime Blackoot
An Encounter The Toothache The Glen Kirk Choir
Our Sacred Cause Lambie's Close The Ghost O'Drumley Hoose
Maybole and District The Ash Tree and The Varnished Door Burns and Splendid Isolation

Notes about these poems contributed by the author's daughter Anne McCrindle

Arthur McColmThese poems were written by my dad about Maybole and some of the characters from the town. Some poems were written for events and 'smokers' do's. Some serious some fictional and quite comical. Quite a few about Maybole in war time and his thoughts about the war. Dad was the last son born 1907 to Emily and Tom McColm. They lived in Montgomery Street till they moved to Ladyland Road, across from the school which later burned down in 1919. Dad was a slater and chimney sweep, well known in the town. He played in the Maybole burgh band for many years till it was disbanded. He later became a member of the Ayrshire Yeomanry Band. Sadly he died at the age of sixty in 1968, but has left us with many happy memories and treasures in his written words
Anne Mc Crindle (nee McColm) born in Maybole, daughter of Arthur Mc Colm and Maggie McKay.

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