Burns Night Door Knob Saltire
With tonight’s celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, we thought we’d pay homage to the Saltire – the famous Scottish flag – with a montage of some of our blue and white ceramic knobs. I have been reading some of Burns’ most famous poems and these words of wisdom took my eye:
“O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!”
They are taken from a hilarious poem called To a Louse – the narrator notices an upper class lady in church, with a louse that is roving, unnoticed by her, around her bonnet. The poet chastises the louse for not realising how important his host is, and then reflects that, to a louse, we are all equal prey, and that we would be disabused of our pretensions if we were able to see ourselves through each other’s eyes. I love the irony.