Tale of a tower crane

Architecture, Buildings, Industrial, Poetry

Originally posted by Inky on Allpoetry.com

Now posted for your reading!   Enjoy

A Tower crane. on Salfords Trafford Road, the subject of this character piece
A Tower crane. on Salford’s Trafford Road, the subject of this character piece Created by Inky

Do you like building? well, I do! I’m stood amongst my creations, with my great arm, aloft in the air.  It’s a thankless task this job I do, but you’ll never hear me complain – oh, no, no, no.  You see, the ants down below are building something grand!  And although a pot of sand doesn’t weigh a lot for an ant, when there’s thirty or forty pots in just one bag – and there’s a big wooden palette of a thousand bags to be taken to the fifteenth floor, it can be a great strain on a whole host of ants.

And that’s where my friend’s the four-wheelers come in,  You see. The ants use the four-wheelers to move things around, FLT lifts things about whilst Dumper moves all sorts of things around the site, and Mix – well you should see her make concrete…and Digger is just the four wheeler for making holes

But they haven’t got a great arm like me…

So I help them, and they help me.

And that’s where my great arm comes in to play

You see, the four wheelers do great things but even FLT can only lift so high, so when I’m needed, I move things from east to west, and up and down.  It’s great fun watching the things move in the air.  I watch the things as they move with grace through the air.   Its like being a magician…one minute the bricks are here and the next, they are there!  One place to another – From A to B.  It’s all me.  I have lots of fun moving the sand and the bricks and the steel.

But, I have to be careful when I play my game of “Stack and Lift”, so I have a little ant to help me.  Each morning, he wakes me up. and when it’s time for me to do my thing, he directs to the next building blocks and tells me which ant or four wheeler I need to get them to.

And when the day is over, and the ants have left for the day, as the four wheelers sleep I stand and watch the lights cascading on the things I’ve helped to make.  Before its time for the lights to go out and for me to go to sleep, I watch the glow worms shine their lights about below.  It’s fun to watch them moving about but they’re not as pretty as the moon and stars beaming brightly above my head.

So I watch them for a while, and then I go to sleep,

with my great arm high in the air.

Over the bridge

Acrostic, Architecture, Heritage, Historical, Industrial, Photography, Places

Pedestrian

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Detroit Bridge, Anchorage/Erie Basin, Salford Quays

Walking on water ? not exactly as they straddle the Locks , Quays and Rivers

of my home town

never shy of their responsiblity – they get people to their

destination from A to B and back again

easing a walker’s worry they’ll get wet in the water

revolutionary ? in their day necessity ? most definately

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Mariners Canal Bridge, Salford Quays

Landmarks

Architecture, Buildings, Heritage

Salford,30th June 2017

Hi folks.

The prompt for today’s post comes from a strange source – in that its not technological at all – it’s the humble letterbox.

Aside from my scribbles – and photography – I am a keen philatelist – or stamp collector.

There’s a reason for this – the pictures give me a source of inspiration in my own writing and photography, and the information contained within give me impetus to explore the world around me.

To avoid the fidgety nature of hanging the mini pics in an album – I get first day covers, which have an added bonus of having a cancellation (or postmark) with a connection to the subject matter.

Todays missive, however – brought a smile to my face

The forthcoming issue – Landmark Buildings has a stamp subject I’ve become very familiar with over the past few years

Iwm Waterside

Yes, the iconic branch of the Imperial War Museum in the North, where I help out as a volunteer, has found its way onto a Royal Mail First Day Cover.

It joins other iconic landmarks such as the Everyman theatre in nearby Liverpool and the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff.

 

Detonate

Acrostic, Architecture, Poetry

Detonate

Salford 29th May 2017

An acrostic for todays daily post from Inky.
Dibnah, a man known for knocking down chimneys

even as the foundations burned…he watched

today, it’s oh so different as charges are laid

out in a pattern

neat in stacks and co ordinated in

a way the building collapses in on itself

the great man would be mightily impressed … but

exciting as in his day ? Not as much

Dense

Architecture, Buildings, Family, Home, Life

Greengate, Salford UK

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Dense

See that stretch of brown land in front of you

some town hall boffin has planted a seed

watch as the tiny cabins grow

aided by steel, concrete and cables

services for those who use them ?

that’ll come later

when the professionals meet

and mater and pater are pushing prams down the street

when the developer pays his fees

Composition of a painting

Architecture, Historical, Holidays, Memories, Places, Pleasures, Relaxation, Travel

Salford, 7th March 2017

Cerulean (2)

The drawing originated from the last family holiday we had in Oludeniz, in Turkey.

I took my notepad and pencils with me to do some scribbling when i got bored of taking camera shots with my Samsung web camera.

Just by the complex we were staying in were the remains of some roman buildings.  The temple part remained intact in the centre of the city, but i was given the opportunity to take a drawing of the ruins nearby…a path between the complex and the beach ran right past the ruin.

so, i found the perfect place to sit…someplace i could see the plants, the sea and the stonework, and started drawing.

and whilst drawing, I drew quite a crowd…even if it was the lizards who lived around the Roman Ruins.

Upon landing back home at Manchester Airport….I picked up my watercolor pad and drew a copy of the scribbled drawing from my notepad

I used vermillion and burnt umber for the far away stones, and yellow ochre for the bricks nearest to me.  To create the bushes on the path, i used sep green, and the centre of the painting was filled in with shades of cerelean blue.

 

Folly

Acrostic, Architecture, Art, Arts

Folly

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Greengate square, Salford

A response

For a short while – this monument was a signal to the neighbours

Outward looking – towards a 21st century city

Lighting up the night sky on the way to the metro centre

Looking at it now, you wonder why they put it where they did

Yes, it looks nice – Yes, you consider it art – but only traffic appreciates it

Lightshow on the water

Architecture, Photography, Places, Poetry, Water, Waterside

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In response to the prompt H2O

Whilst the morning brings the odd boat sailing up the canal,

and the dredger cleaning the bottom

Sailboats traverse around Erie and Ontario – as

the Dazzling Snowdrop gives tours

The sun shines on the surface

creating rainbows where it can

as local wildlife teach their youngsters

the ways of the water

and as the sun scatters its beams on its way

the lights paint softly across the bay

Facade

Architecture, Buildings, Poetry

in response to the prompt

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/facade

 

a little like a hermit crab or cuckoo

the new build hides behind remains of the old

modernity concealed behind antiquity

cornices and gargoyles given a clean up

what lies behind the old place now?

its anybody’s guess

no signs of the buildings old use

beyond the front door