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Acrostic Museums Poetry

Open once more

#Museums

The exhibits are rising

out on the floor – something is moving

movement of visitors feet going round the space

making a beeline for historic items and artwork

out on display – just waiting to be seen

reactions – muted behind a mask – but

out on the museum floor – they’re just happy to see the visitors again

when will be back to normal they ask – some couldn’t say – but now you need a ticket.

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Character Manchester Museum Museums

Grin and Bear it

Manchester Museum, 1st March 2021

It’s not easy being king of the dinos

you’re buried under the land

for what seems like ages

and kept away from the sun

so you take a bit of a nap

all of a sudden, something with teeth like yours

is uncovering you, in the cold

and they’re using your bones like a jigsaw puzzle

all put together in a grand place of learning

the other dinos around in the space dont say very much

but the descendants of the cavemen are all pointing their magic boxes at you

so you pose and you smile at the little uns below

as you give them a grin

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Art History IWM North Military Museums Poetry

Squadron

A write club acrostic, written by inky.

#Imperialwarmuseum #Airfix #Planes #Squadron #Military #Aircraft

Sat atop a great height

quite a few planes, old and new

used to being in hangars, have found

a home by the waters of a canal

definitely a peacetime operation

red arrows escorting a Spitfire veteran and

other D-Day participants – resting on their runway

new recruits ready to escort them from another bookshelf

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Animals Character Museum Museums Photography

Rex

Rex – Silhouette

Salford (via Manchester Museum), 20th June 2020

King of the Dinosaurs!

woken up by the sound of a wide brush,

and now sitting proud in a grand hall

towering over us all

while human children look and read,

what he liked, for a feed.

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Acrostic Museums Poetry Transport

Engine

Salford, 6th April 2020

#fowc #engine

Engine, outside the power hall at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Every mechanic knows – it’s

Not the wheels , but the engine that

Get’s a driver from A to B

It’s truly – the heart of any transport

Naval, bus, car or motor bike

Exception – if you’re reliant on foot or pedal power

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IWM North Museums Schooldays

History

#FOWC #History

Heralds wrote tales down in books, while

in caves, our ancestors painted the tales on walls

some documenting the building of great monuments

then others, telling tales of the horrors of war

of course, the stories that remain are the ones in the books

retold by scholars for minds of a different age, and

yet – time passes by – and History moves forward

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Acrostic IWM North Museum Poetry

Achievement

#poetry #learning #expectation

Salford 16th February

A piece on school visits

Three coaches rolled up in the car park

One blue, one black, one green

Passing auntie, the football and the shops

Traffic jams were no fun

Or Waiting for the man with the sign to

Pass go from stop

There were grumbles getting off the coach

Old Trafford exchanged for the war museum

Pupils listening to sir, bore on

The security …. more of the same, but

Out of a corner….a new name

Person from a new place….change of space

Tanks and planes…new things to see

Objects to touch….and all for free

People to tell tales of air land and sea

And your guide at the entrance is about the space

A person to turn to with a friendly face

Telling a tale of the car, plane and gun

Making your visit a bit more fun

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Acrostic Museums Poetry

Advance

#Fowc #Advance #Museums

A group of eager young minds

Dropped in on a historical building or two today

Very interested in taking in the displays

And getting a feel of some real items used of the time

Now , anyone could tell their enthusiasm was building as one or two led a

Charge up the stairwell –

Except for one thing – none of them knew their way around!

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IWM North Poetry

Recipe for Learning

Salford 5th February 2020

The Fire pump issued to the Ferranti Works in World War II

A tale of a meet and greeter at IWM North, Manchester

Take a good handful of young minds

and interesting artifacts from a fire engine to a British tank

under some really unusual lighting

give them a tale of a teapot smashed and

hold their attention with items in a display – leave for 5 –

then let them handle an old helmet or two

! While you tell them all about it !

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Architecture IWM North Military Museum Poetry

Octpowrimo – Day 22 – Broken pieces

#Octpowrimo #Brokenpieces

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester UK (via the Inkwell), 22nd October 2019

How does someone express the act of war ?

take you through a hundred years

and tell that tale – that no one else can tell anymore.

The man with a vision

took a thing for brewing his cuppa

and changed it into something – iconic

Smashed with a hammer

Earth air and water

came together and reformed

Falling at the side of a waterway

painted by a painter

who’s centre stood next door

And in the evening sunlight

the air shard shone as shimmering light

cascaded off its solid steel

Morning beckons

and the tales from the shards

can be heard across town

from the tales within.