11th Day of Christmas Haiku: Eleven Pipers Piping
Graceful tartan plaids
With auld bag pipes and wee drums.
Soar, golden eagle.
Happy New Year 2019!
In previous versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the pipers piping were ladies dancing, ladies spinning, badgers baiting, lords a-leading, lads a-louping or bulls a-beating.
The pipers piping might be a remembrance of the shepherds siting by the fire the night Jesus was born and, most probably, playing their pipes. Later bagpipes were used by musicians and became a symbol associated with Scottish fighters and soldiers.
The french bagpipe was called musette and was played by the upper class during 17th-18th centuries only to be picked up by rural people later on.
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