Poetry

Poem for a Haworth Lass

One year on from the publication of Cobbled Together, I was working on one of my own poems inspired by my Mum and Yorkshire dialect poet, Dorothy Nixon to share with her on her birthday, February 2. Sadly she passed away, in Park View Care Home, Bradford a few days before. She had a good life; a real good innings folks would say in Haworth where she was born and lived for all but the last five of her 93 years.

The poem is about Haworth Cobbler, Jim Deakin who used to run his business from a small, dimly lit shop at the top of Mytholmes. The photograph, featured in the opening to Cobbled Together, shows the clogs that my mother wore as a young woman in her first job after leaving school at fourteen, at a worsted wool mill in Haworth. Yorkshire folk might say, with affection, that she’s popped her clogs for the last time. Rest in Peace, Mum.

The Haworth Cobbler

Jim did a lorra work

Up at Mytholmes top

Owt really med o ‘leather

Came aht of ‘is tiny shop.

The’ wer shelves up to t’ ceiling

Stacked wi’ many a pair

The smell o’ tanned cows hide

Filled the cobbler’s air.

He fettled clogs and boits

Put heels back on many a shoe

An’ mended satchels for us kids

To tek down Butt Lane to t’ school.

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7 comments on “Poem for a Haworth Lass

  1. This is a beautiful, moving post, Ashley. I love the flow of your mom’s writing and the striking photos. Thanks for the link to the book.

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  2. Caroline Chapman

    That was so touching I can remember the clobler and his shop was just like that I can smell it now !!xx

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sally Christie

    I too can remember the sound & smell of that cobblers Caroline & Ashley. Special memories of a time gone by. Thanks mum!

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  4. Pingback: Tales from the back passage: snickets and ginnels – NixonScan

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