Ray Templeton


Ye’ll haetae scrieve in Ingles,
quo the dominie,
gin ye wiss tae fang
the wicht o’ the eild,
fir there’s nae wird i’ th’Erse
fir Zeitgeist.


You’ll have to write in English,
said my teacher,
if you want to capture
the spirit of the age,
because there’s no word in Scots
for Zeitgeist.

Ray Templeton is a writer and musician who was born and grew up in Scotland, stayed briefly in Wales, then moved to the south of England where he has lived ever since, married to an Irishwoman.