There was an old man of Nairn-
We called him Shadow Mac because
his top went grey one day,
when he was just a boy.
There are many stories about this but here's the one that holds.
He did what we were not meant to do.
He went down a hole in the sand.
He went down a hole and came out with horror.
and the adults used to say- don't do it- don't you go down into the darkness.
but Shadow did- and quick as a whip-
three witches flew up his bum.
They didn't stop there
they took his head too.
and that's why he came back a cripple.
Tricked by witches.
Twisted by the wierd warbling of time.
From a hole in the sand.
Curious boys take strange candy they say
and that day
a boy left in the morning
and walked home weary,
Text copyright M.L. Harju 2005
Illustrations copyright Joel Stewart 2005