…I s’pose yeez would’ve had to be there… but I’ve been giggling away all morning at the memory of it… come with me, back more than 50 years… picture the young Master Gallacher, newly minted apprentice at the redoubtable Clydesdale & North of Scotland Bank Limited, Govan Cross Branch in Docklands Govan in Glasgow… the freshest Trainee Master of the Financial Universe... the personnel in the branch were great guys… the Manager, Mister George Galloway, the epitome of the pin-striped Scottish Banker, defender of his clients’ pennies and bawbees… bowler hat and constantly furled umbrella as much a part of his uniform as his distinguished manner of addressing staff and customers alike… his number two, nominally adorned with the title, the Bank Accountant,MisterWilliam (call me Bill) Melvin, was a man with the detachable banker’s daily stiff white collar on his immaculately white shirts and…
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He’s an elegant fella, with a great fashion sense,
he wears timeless colors with pride, never tense.
White is his shirt, and there on his back
he carries a tailcoat in shiniest black.
Let’s have a look at his elegant wife
they love each other despite their hard life.
They live in a world with no roads and no street
The lady gives life to her brood on her feet.
Their world is so cold, where air freezes breath
everyone going will inevitably meet death.
And still, they found a way to survive
give birth and feed, walk, slide, swim and dive.
Their existence is hard and is constant danger
and to us it couldn’t be any stranger.
But to them, it’s normal, to walk, slide and try
to survive by swimming because they can’t fly.
Six different ones are living on ice
the same hard life in misery, not nice.
And still our fella is happy in his elegant dress
He’s a penguin – right. Did you guess?
(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, May 2017)