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Poetry

Taking Five

#Relaxation #Elephant #Watering hole

Pampering after a long day in the

african sunshine

catching rainbows in their

homemade bubbles

younger members of the family

directing streams of water towards

either mum or dad

reaction – a rockabye in either trunk while in

muddier spots – hippo’s are happy in their holes

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writing

The Tourist

#Alien #Scifi

Salford, 9th July 2020

He arrived with his family by local craft

having been given a special pass by the men in black

heading into the town, they hit the town running

his wife wanted to buy a hat, his lad a sport shirt he’d heard about

“The Bradford Bulls” – were now his team – said his lad

Local’s helpful – and trying to be nice in the restaurant

Strictly vegetarian main meals – salad and vegetable pasta

and Fruity puds for afters

Watched a match at old trafford, and Highlights on TV

no seeing red on Black and White…..

Tomorrow they’re off to the Lakes

so don’t call the fire brigade – those lights in the sky

it’s only the aliens heading back to their hotel……

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Family Growing up Life Poetry

Dependent

#fowc #dependent

Little set of fingers

clutching on to your big chunky finger

they’ll rely on you through schools, tantrums, weddings and all

seeing you as the one who’s big and tall

till one day the table is turned

and they find they have to apply what from you they’ve learned

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Family

Nephew

#Fowc #Child

to two special little people

It’s not the refusals

or the sulking

or the crying

It’s not the tantrums

the tears

or those volcano moments

But its those moments in the day

when you’ve picked out your lunch

and we’re eating fish finger butties

Or we’re on the football pitch

and you’re running round the astroturf

like stevie G

Or it’s time for bed

and i’ve let you play a game

just before a bedtime story

Those are the times

i’m happy to say –

that you’re my Nephew.

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Acrostic

Family Photos

#Mum #Dad #Family

Captured in a moment of relative calm,

A happy occasion with four or five generations gathered round

Man of the moment sat slap bang in the centre, wondering what all the

Excitement is all about, too little to

Realise – he’s getting all the attention from the rest of the clan

As he’s the person they’ve all come to see!

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Acrostic Holidays Leisure Life

Nude

Salford (via Zakynthos) , 2019

#fowc #nude #memory

Notable that moment , you were caught

Unawares – towels adrift and

Dressing gown cast on the floor

Expressionist – on the beach – perhaps – but in the flat – shut the door!

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Poetry

Churlish

#fowc #churlish

Salford, 30th August 2019

A response for fandangos prompt, taken from a memory

Now that’s a fine way to act,

as you sit with your arms crossed

on the corner of the cobbled street.

throwing a strop and

calling people names

is really lady like – isn’t it ?

I’ve seen you pull that face

a hundred times before

you can come in now – its time for tea

your face will soon change when pudding is served

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Childhood Poetry

In other words – Footprints on the beach

in response to https://patriciasplace.me/2019/07/17/in-other-words-the-beach/

beach sea seashell

three sets of feet – Walking on the Sand

Rendezvous with candy floss

Sweet stuff acquired – but only two pairs of feet

Smaller pair of toes, treated by Big Feet

To a Piggyback

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Beach Growing up Memories Photography

Time travel

#Promptuarium #Photo Album


The Sands of time seem to pass
so slowly when you’re young
the cogs in the clock
seem like they don’t even move

And yet, sat with your nephews
on the big comfy sofa
you watch time go back
almost in an instant

Moments of fun
spent as a child
creating lines of sandcastles
on a northern beach

Decorations of seashells
and seaweed – covering the scene
as you and your pals
from down the street – enjoy an icecream

And faces gone – but not forgotten

look as fresh as the day the camera captured

the day little feet took a cautious dip

into northern waters
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Cooking Food Poetry

Human shaped

Salford 21st December 2018

Expectant faces watched as

Mum and dad mixed the ingredients in a bowl

And as the mix formed and rolled out on the table

Eager hands aimed to create a family

Out of gingerbread

Dad looked smaller than mum

Whilst James loomed over his little brother

But all were smiling

As they took their place

On the branches of the family Christmas tree