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October 09: A poem in the Romany dialect by Rosie Smith

Atch up


Atch up my romany chal, atch up and get the gry
We’ll jell down the towber, the gry you and I
The gorger mort’s a waiting in her gorger ken
I rokkerd we’d be there early, but now it’s almost ten
We shouldn’t have atch so late last night at the kitcherma
And when we sit around the yog till light we really went too far
If we’ve nark the mort right up we’ll get no cams today
And it’s the only butsy I’ve bok to get that curs a decent pay
So hurry up my romany chal and use a bitti gypsy charm
If ya do I know ya’ll have the old grunter scranning off your palm­

Rosie Smith is co-author with her second cousin Lindsey Marsh of Old Ways, New Days: A Family History of Gypsy Life in South London and Kent

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