Bagpipes are one of those instruments you either love or hate! And sometimes even bagpipe lovers may not be entirely devoted.
Q. What is a gentleman?
A. Someone who can play the bagpipes, but doesn't.
There was only one poem I found that specifically mentions a bagpipe. It's by Shel Silverstein and is titled, "The Bagpipe Who Didn't Say No." It is a typical Silverstein story-poem about a love-struck turtle. Here's a stanza from it:
Said the turtle to his darling, "Please excuse me if I stare,
But you have the plaidest skin, dear,
And you have the strangest hair.
If I begged you pretty please, love,
Could I give you just one squeeze, love?"
And the bagpipe didn't say no.
There are other poems that feature pipes, but not necessarily bagpipes. This one is a classic:
Introduction to the Songs of Innocence
By William Blake
Piping down the valleys wild
Piping songs of pleasant glee
On a cloud I saw a child.
And he laughing said to me.
Pipe a song about a Lamb;
So I piped with merry chear,
Piper pipe that song again—
So I piped, he wept to hear.
Drop thy pipe thy happy pipe
Sing thy songs of happy chear,
So I sung the same again
While he wept with joy to hear
Piper sit thee down and write
In a book that all may read—
So he vanish'd from my sight.
And I pluck'd a hollow reed.
And I made a rural pen,
And I stain'd the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
Every child may joy to hear
Found in Poems and Prophecies by William Blake [821 BLA]
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