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Cities Life Poetry

In this City

#writeclub #napowrimo

They built a place by a running stream

Technology basic but builders keen

It was the beginning of the city

Basic wells grew in size

to the chieftains surprise

and mud and straw to create huts

were changed for stone – hewn and cut

Houses needed food so they built some farms

and Markets and Roads worked a charm

for people coming to the city

Horses and chariots ran over stone

and places beyond the city, overgrown

people worked with found metal, to create the shoes

to protect the horses delicate hooves

and Later the barge – and use of Steam

travelling down waterways like a dream

following on – the steam engine and Rail

getting people and goods to places without fail

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Cities Outdoors People

ideal view

Photo Credit: Caters

#MLMM

From the top of the tower

he had an ideal view

of the comings and goings

down below

Looking down

he could see

all the cars and the buses

making their way through the big city

And as they moved

through the city

big as they were – the people

looked like tiny ants

And as he looked at them

A small group of ants

looked up at his viewpoint

where he was sitting

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Cities Cityscapes Nature Poetry

Landscape

#writingprompt #reminscence

I Might live in a city, but there’s plenty of green around the place

and it’s just the right time for the flowers to pop up

pinks and purples, whites, blues and yellows

all carpeting rockeries and bedding

up and down the cul-de-sac

and the birds and squirrels

make impromptu appearances

as they land on the fences, rooftops and lawns

attracted by the sights of bugs, berries and nuts

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Animals Birds Cities Poetry

Feathers in a flap

Napowrimo day 17

Falcon, bird of prey

Feast your eyes, while I tell you a tale

While we’ve all been indoors, the birds without fail

Have landed en-masse in the public squares

And landing on rooftops without a care

There once was an answer, keeping birds in check

But till he returns, theyve darned us to heck

Leaving a real mess out on the street

Leaving the cleaners a challenging feat

They say if he comes back, the pigeons will flee

But till then, they sit on rooftops with glee

So look up at the skies, as he returns with stealth

On a mission to improve the citizens health

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Acrostic Cities Life Places Poetry

Central II

Converging on the controlled area

everything’s got to be run from there

networks, governance, even your daily shop

the locals who live there feed the machine

really – they have no choice

as every service they rely on is

located in the centre of the metropolis

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Christmas Cities Poetry Romance

Rendezvous

Manchester (via salford) 16th December 2018

The on line post it notes

Continued to drop in my in box

Reminiscences from a female acquaintance

I knew since I was small.

Meet you by the market

Where the gluhwein flows

And the big tree is lit up by the national grid

So, off to town goes Charlie Brown

To meet his gorgeous tinker-belle

Wrapped up like a bug

All nice and snug

Where under the lights

Of Christmas bright, we walk round the stalls

Decorating the halls

And after a repast and a drink

A kiss in the square where

We met up, there.

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Acrostic Cities Poetry Winter

Sounds

#sounds #acrostic

Sunday evening, is a whole lot quieter than Sunday morning

Outside, the rumble of traffic is down to a minimum

Unless it’s a plane or a train you want to catch

Navigating those roads should be a breeze

Double glazing muffles any noises, and the wildlife are

Sleeping in their beds soundly, keeping warm

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Acrostic Character Cities Life Poetry

Froth

Froth

Salford 12th April 2018

From time to time,

Realities of bringing a coffee to life come into view

Out of nowhere, people demanded posh coffee

The buzzwords of the day “latte” or “Cappucino”

Hell on earth for the poor overworked cafetiere

For days on end

Round-about temp – amassing to “what on earth” – as

Out of its innards came water and milk

The demand was over the top, as the coffee

House bursted out at the seams

Filling up the orders as they cued up – down the

Road, tasting the latest thing the store owners could provide

Occassionally, it would get a break – as a barista

Took a moment, to clean him up

Heaven

Finally, the day was over

Reality –

out of the emptiness of the store

there was a moment of calm – peace till the morning

he’d appreciate the silence

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Acrostic Cities Industrial Poetry

Sludge

Sludge

Slightly horrible smelly build up

Languishing lazily in U-bends , Drains and Basins

Up and down the land

Dredgers and High pressure hoses

Go Across water and down pipes and grids, to

Expel this horrible stuff from blocking up the drains

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Cities Cityscapes Leisure Outdoors Parks

On the corner

Salford, 6th September 2017

Corner

“No man is an island” – or so they say.

Living in Salford, Nr Manchester there’s loads of housing, which makes it a vibrant and lively community.  There are Squares, in the sense of traditional gardens with houses around it,  but you’re more likely to lead into a path onto a main road.

They spread out like trees, with little side streets and cul-de-sacs.  The houses opposite my bedroom/office weren’t even there when we first moved into the house we’re living in.  It was affectionately known as “The croft” – an overgrown waste site which housed the occasional wildflowers and with them butterflies and wild animals

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So what’s on my corner – a redeveloped docks, and a dual carriageway and just up the pavement – a patch of green known as the local park, there’s two areas, Ordsall and Monmouth – but those who use it know it as Ordsall Park

Its got its own entry on the blog here