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Akbar Songs
Introduction - 0
View from above upon arrival - 1
First Akbar door - 2
Gear - 3
Meeting the Division - 4
First Communion at Akbar - 5
Shepherd - 6
Lights out - 7
Vultures - 8
Get h’on Parade! - 9
Bandy - 10
Wakey–wakey! - 11
Smartening rig - 12
Economy Star - 13
Poetry Club - 14
The Writer - 15
The Skipper - 16
Boating - 17
Seamanship - 18
The Skipper's Kippers - 19
Moot Court - 20
Dirty Mary - 21
Cross–country - 22
Sailorboy - 23
Church Parade - 24
Fellini fragment on Jildy - 25
Deckscrap - 26
Cinderella Days - 27
Long Tom for 'Dead Men' - 28
Waiting for Podmore - 29
Akbar - 30
The Path - 31
Deckscrap
A hundred troops
are milling round
Port side entry
to the Latrine Yard.
The hot word's out
a Deckscrap!
Between two lads with grudges
Unhealable by passive words.
Inside the yard a circle of faces
urge the battlers on
–– a Scouser wacker
From down d’Dingle—hard as nails
versus a tight Glaswegian poison–dwarf
Used tae Santoying aboot
wi'th'Baltic Fleet
doon aroon'
The wally closes o'Gorbals.
It was street–fighting at its fast
and sickening best.
Two rock–hard lads vying for
a Leading Hand's position.
The Scouse went doon. nose–dived, pole–axed
By the head–butt bullet
o' a Scots Knock.