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The day Big Ben landed in Manchester

Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester.

A response by inky

Big Ben lands in Piccadilly gardens, as part of Manchester international festival #MIF21

Among the summer fountains

and stalls for this and that

something from Westminster

landed on ground – Flat

It took local wildlife by surprise

and pigeons they did up and rise

to see this tower – now lying adrift

on their spot they were a little miffed

The fountains spurted in their shock

while seagulls in their turn – did mock

“We thought we didn’t have the power

and now we have to put up with this tower?”

The clock – itself – was quiet that day

as the visiting public made their way

giving the tower some funny looks

as the tower was covered in paperback books

#Socs #Poetry #Mif21


Hidden Secrets


What secrets are hiding

behind the pages of the library ?

if you pick up the right title

you might be surprised

As the bookshelf moves

and you find another way out


The last chapter

#promptuarium #writing #library #books

The chief librarian was a bit perturbed

the books on the shelf had been disturbed

the books they seemed that all was fine

until the examined each of their spines

See with some ease and reletive dexterity

someone hand set the last chapters free

driving the readers around the bend

as the stories had beginning, a middle but no end

The staff did wonder – reasons why

someone would make the pages fly

till one day – the pieces appeared

along with the fellow – who looked weird

It turned out he read books back to front

as he moved the books with a shunt

so the library staff showed him the picture books

to stop him getting any funny looks



#Fowc #Berserk

By the time , you’ve got a handle on this

everything has changed

reactions wild , leads to a rockstar event in the room

stopping the wild child – and tempering the rising mercury could

explode in your face but

really – when the devil has turned back into an angel, you’ll

keep on picking up the books and toys he threw about in a tantrum



#fowc #peruse

I’ve had my nose in a few books recently

fingers thumbing over some well crafted hardbacks

by the late, great author Sir Terry Pratchett

Some written as solo projects, others collaborations

with one or two video’s (OK – DVDs) to go alongside them

it’s not just the reading i take pleasure in

it’s looking over the works i’ve amassed

paperbacks, hardbacks, leather backed

they’re all there – ready to read when the mood takes me

i’ve even got the childrens stories

the question i ask – where shall i travel to today ?

Up into the Ramtops or towards the deserts of four ecks ?

Poetry Schooldays


#Poetry #Writeclub #Rules #School

Stop Fidgeting, keep hands on the table
then pick up the pencil and solve if you’re able
the exercise given on the chalk board
and follow the teachers instructions to the horde
Treat your books with respect – and you will pass
don’t scribble or leave them lying on the grass
lose them and your folks will be paying a fee
and that will upset them – im sure you’ll agree
Listen to the masters, don’t yell or talk
or heading your way, a piece of chalk
Don’t use the paper for summat to throw
for if you do outside the door you will go
Acting like banshees in the playground again
or fighting will find you standing in rain
Running down corridors – you might slip or fall
or finding your self stood silent by a wall
Educations important – mum and dad say,
but when sun is fine – the kids wan’t to play
With all these rules – the kids start to cuss
it’s a wonder why we turn up for the annual fuss?


The bears move house

The new residents

As regular readers of my blog will know, I’ve been shifting things around to accommodate my new bits of aerial artwork, namely my quickbuild planes from airfix

They’re now all happily parked on the top of my bookshelves, so when little paws show up with my sister…they won’t get accidentally broken

However, this has meant the little Disney toys I picked up from the Disney store in Manchester have had to find a new spot to sit.

Pooh bear and chums, in their new home

They’re now sat on a lower bookshelf looking after the books, which they’re sat in front of. This means my nephews can pick them up and play with them as they want, without disturbing any of the squadron.

P51 Mustang chasing Messerschmitt

Acrostic Learning


#fowc #reference

Really, there’s always one place in

Every library that you can get all the answers

From atlases to chronicles to news articles

Every bit of info is there – which is why the

Revered keepers of these books keep them from leaving the library

Even keeping them in their own section

Now, the good news is – you can access them

Choice reading handy for homework – just don’t

Expect to walk home with them – they’re staying in the library

Acrostic Poetry


#Fowc #Browse

Bookstore owners are getting upset

Reality is their customers are using the stores more like a library

Objecting to paying full price for their wares

When they know they can pick up a free copy from the web

Simply by clicking a button on their devices

Even now – they’re not picking off the shelf – they’re noting down titles

Acrostic Poetry


Looking around my bedroom office

a number of things can be spotted

by the individual markings on

each item on display

like the local library – they’re

sorted by what’s on the label

! so i can access them easier , later.