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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Man's a Man by Hugh MacDiarmid

There was a massive St Bernard and a sinewy greyhound
And a wise old collie, when breaking through
Came a hideous dachshund
Proclaiming ‘But I’m like a liver sausage gone bad, I’m a dog too!’

There was Mohammed and Plato and Shakespeare and Dante,
And Spinoza and Hegel – ‘but I’ll tell you flat’
Cried J.G. Smith, wine and spirit merchant, Milngavie
‘A man’s a man for a’ that’.

This poem is published in ‘The revolutionary art of the future – rediscovered poems by Hugh MacDiarmid’