Scottish Poetry Selection
- The Moosie's Prayer

This anonymous, humorous poem is clearly aimed at children and lends yet another twist to the story of the "poor church mouse".

   The Moosie's Prayer

A puir wee kirk moose a' forlorn
   Its furry coat fair sairly worn
Sank doon upon its bony knees
   and prayed - for just a wee bit cheese.

The tears ran doon its wee thin cheeks
   But nane could hear the saddest squeaks
That drifted oan the cauld nicht air
   Till whiles it couldnae pray nae mair.

Syne daylight cam, the kirk bells rang
   The doors swung open wi' a bang
Communion day had come oan by
   Wi' wine and plates o' breid held high.

The wee moose lay as still as daith
   And watched it a' wi bated braith
Then thocht - if I keep awfu' quate
   A bit micht jist fa' aff a plate.

And so it gazed as roond they went
   Then jist as tho twas heaven sent
Whit landed richt upon its heid
   Bit twa lumps o' communion breid.

The staff o' life lay oan the flair -
   Then, bounteous answer to his prayer
Jist as he thocht, 'It looks fell dry'.
   Ae body couped some wine forbye.

Wee moosie stoated up the aisle
   Wearin sic a boozy smile
The folk stopped singin', fair aghast
   Tae see a drunken moose walk past.

The organist fell aff his chair,
   The meenister could only stare
Tae see this drunken, sinfu' moose
   Cavortin' in his sacred hoose.

At last it staggered up the nave
   Then turned and gied a happy wave
"I ken noo when its time to pray
   I'll do it oan communion day".

Meaning of unusual words:
Ae body couped=somebody spilt
forbye=as well
stoated=stagger, totter

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