Wednesday, 07 June 2023
WILSON COUSINS IN BELFAST
- 2nd June 2023 -
Here we are, the Wilson cousins,
Far flung cousins reunited,
Brought together with our partners
Generations, nicely fecund.
Janet, Lois, Joan, Mark, Rosy,
Robert, Mary, Jane and David
Far-flung Anne was sadly missing
From celebrating genes in common.
We share a quarter, experts tell us.
Let’s look around at those here gathered
Can you see that quarter sharing?
Can you spot our family features?
Same eyes and nose ’n’ hair a-thinning.
Yet given names, they might confuse us?
Why on earth so many Marys?
Not to mention Roberts too.
Bound to lead to weird confusions.
For English cousins ’cross the water
Perplexed, bewildered even scundered
By the words and lilt of Ulster
Don’t fear you’ll sprackle in the shaugh though
Put on your duncher. We’ll take a dander.
Let’s share stories of our family.
So what, I wonder, do we recall?
Of Joe and May and Hugh and Noel?
Swim clubs, running, ath-el-etics
Off to church five times each Sunday.
Noel’s unique interest was in birding
Two wheels took him to scan the seacliffs
Gulls, guillemots ’n’ kittiwakes
Or some weekends to the airfield
I wonder whether gannet-watching
Made his gliding more proficient?
Joe, Hugh and Noel loved pumping iron
Making holes in walls and floorboards
How did such siblings live together?
While May and Mam – they were both Marys –
Always prepared to ‘Put the Pan on!’
Samuel sitting, pipe a-puffing
So absorbed in his newspapers.
Sam still sat quiet, reading, puffing
Even through May’s decorating
There was no need to help his daughter.
So she covered him in dustsheets
Lest dribbling paint fell upon him.
These four sibs had strong work ethics,
Story-tellers, readers rightly.
So let’s enjoy our genes in common
Guinness, wine, beer and whiskey
Let us pause for a wee minute
Still, chinking glass, time to catch up
Just to mo to hear our ears.
It’s time for us to mingle, cousins
Great craic sure is guaranteed?
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