In the 19th century, groups of boys in Galloway would reenact a pageant or play for pennies at Christmas. The play took the form of two knights competing for the hand of a lady.
They lads would argue, fight, then one would throw the other on his back, and take his prize into the moonlight.
The Boys of Yule, Thornhill December 2013
In a frosty road, the three of them,
cans ablaze like corselets:
the blood red heraldry of Tennents
stark in pub light. It's an old play:
'a pantomime', she sighs,
and walks off before the words
or blows. 'I'm bored',she says,'and moving on'.