Here's tae the man's life -
its drivin root, its rise, its faur reach –
and tae the great hairst he gather'd in!
Here's tae the wark -
the high skill, the luve, the daurk hours -
that he pit in!
Here's tae the words that he gar'd flow -
a muckle stream -
frae his hert's ferment and his mind's still!
Here's tae the faur-travellin o' that stream!
Here's tae its carried gowd!
Here's tae the lang and future legacy
ane sma' life endow'd!
David Betteridge is the author of a collection of poems celebrating Glasgow and its radical traditions, 'Granny Albyn's Complaint', published by Smokestack Books in 2008. He is also the editor of a compilation of poems, songs, prose memoirs, photographs and cartoons celebrating the 1971-2 UCS work-in on Clydeside. This book, called 'A Rose Loupt Oot', was published by Smokestack Books in 2011.