Old Bear

#Octpowrimo #Childhood

old bear – colour pencil drawing created in painter by inky

A bit rough round the edges

but he’s still as loveable as ever

now sat in the corner with the newer toys

a compendium of memories from days gone by

companions and confidante

when the darkness falls

or the ghosts come to town unexpectedly

best thing of all – he’ll always be there when you need him

Squeegee

#fowc #squeegee

Someone’s idea of being Alan Sugar for a day

qualified ? hardly….but we were definitely equipped

up to our eyeballs in sponges, window mops and

extremely soapy water.

each car getting the full wash

gratefully receiving payment for the work we did

everyone making sure each car was bright as a button for

each of us got a share of the takings.

Magic roundabout II

Salford 17th April 2020

Maybe it was magic

as me and my little sister

gracefully rode around in circles

in those little cars going around and around

colourful lights going on and off

Revolutions

of colourful characters – going

up and down and round and around

not so fast though – to protect little tums

driving a car or riding a horse

aided by the magic mirrored motor in the middle

bundles of fun for young and old alike

only – you’ll be distracted by the rides for the older kids

until you get to their age

throwing caution to the wind, and lunch on your lap

Portal

#writephoto #otherworldly

When i was little, i used to go

Out with mum and dad , and take in the

Natural beauty of the coastal beaches and amassed hillsides nearby

Dipping a toe in cold water and

Enjoying a walk

Round the bays, looking for interesting pebbles

What’s beyond that window in the cliff face

Or hiding in that hole in the sand ?

Nobody knew – so we decided to look

Dad helping lift up pebbles – as

Excitable little people watched

Red coloured crabs moving sideways towards the sand

Hands

I

Holding on

to a big hand

when very little

II

Little spoons

for eating up

mushed up rusks

III

Counter-weight

as wobbly feet

master walking

IV

Calculation , English and Art

Mastered over weeks months and years

With help from Mum and Dad

V

Pulling on Shirts, Jumpers and Trousers

On way to big school

Waving hello to new friends

What makes me

#Octpowrimo #Whoami

A notable thing is character

Being ones self

Creative experiences that

Define who you are

Even if its the only thing they’ll know you for

A few bumps and scratches along the way

Brain ops and chicken pox two little obstacles

Cerebral Palsy and “Juvenile arthritis” the other

Determination to walk and overcome the obstacles

Each medical “Expert” put in my path

A smile and friendly ear to all

Beavering away at a project or two

Crafting works with my camera (or pen and paper)

Delivering talks at a place of learning

Every week of the year

A keen reader, and audiobook listener

Bookshelves crammed with well known authors

Cricket shares space with Football (soccer) and Sci-Fi

Discworld stories and Tommy Cooper

Each book a page turner

A Family Album, now replaced by SD Cards

Brought to life by an electronic photo frame

Collated scribbles published by others

Don their own little space on the bookshelf as

Excited Spectators and Visitors are greeted by me

And memories of friends and family are all around

Behind individual knick-knacks sat in their spots

Commonwealth memories to

Days of academic achievement

Each one a little piece of the Jigsaw that makes me

Burnt Sienna

Salford, 15th September

#CYW #BurntSienna

I recall a leather chair

the smell of it as I sat in it in the morning

it’s sound as I got my back into its folds

it squeaked – like a mouse looking for food

Looking out beyond the glass

in a warm seat

looking out for snowmen

beyond the garden fence

Sitting there quietly

watching the snowflakes

fall to the ground

whilst warming my hands on a hot mug

Brick Red

Peel Building, University of Salford drawn up in Painter Essentials by Inky, from photograph - example of red brick building

Salford 28th August 2019

#cyw #brickred #salford

I remember those streets,

the houses and walls

constructed from something

from down in the ground

Fired earth formed into an oblong

and fashioned into spaces

places, to cook, wash, read, and rest

for those living there – the best

And they were Not all uniform –

not all the same shade

some hidden round airbricks

the ones that just made grade

But from down the road

Their colours stood proud

as this orange / brick red

sang through northern streets loud