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Pome ;)

Posted by Jackie on July 12, 2008

There’s previously been a discussion in the comments of one of my previous entries about the Glasgow coat of arms, which includes a bird, tree, fish and bell. There’s a bit of explanation of the four elements, and the ring, here.

This poem takes the rhyme

There’s the tree that never grew,
There’s the bird that never flew,
There’s the fish that never swam,
There’s the bell that never rang

as its starting point, and brings in some other Glasgow imagery, particularly of its industrial heritage and its important status in the old British Empire (where it was known as the second city of the Empire – after London of course). This poem appears on the main entrance to the library of Glasgow University.

5 Responses to “Pome ;)”

  1. Katya said

    What an amzing little read!!! St Mungo sounds as though he was a very busy and active citizen in the history of Glasgow, no?

    You mention the industrial side of the city…which leads me to ask a somewhat offbeat question! Here in the US, it would seem that many of our industries are being closed down. This is mainly because the industry moguls here have found that they can have goods made for far less in China. Thus, it seems as though it is impossible NOT to buy goods that are not sporting a “made in China” label on them. Is this true in Scotland as well?

    Well done capture of the door, Jackie. Glass can be a real stinker to work with!!!

  2. Jackie said

    Katya, I think that global prices are an issue now, but I’d say that Glasgow’s industry (and that of many cities throughout the UK, particularly in Scotland and northern England, and also Wales) was decimated – ruined, even – by the economic policies of the Tory government of Mrs Thatcher in the 1980s.

  3. “Louis” thanks you for your visit and for your kind comments!

  4. marley said

    Thats a nice poem. Thanks for posting it for us to read 🙂

  5. babooshka said

    Very interesting about the coat of arms and the 4 elements, and what a sweet poem. I am so glad you answeres Katya’s question as you did. Thatcher tories, evil.

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