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Monuments Places Poetry

Night Games

#promptuarium #gods #stonehenge

The Druids were disturbed on Tuesday morn

to find their inner sanctum slightly different

to the way they’d left it on Monday Night

It seemed that the younger gods

liked playing with the columns of stone

and so did their Danish cousins

They found a structure at woodland elsewhere

put together with the stones with care

a home for three furry, homeless bears

Calling on Mother Nature’s hand

the bears were rehomed, and the structure replanned

and the left over stones, young uns kept on their toes

as they played a game of dominoes

Photo by Kyle Stehling on Pexels.com

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Scouting Scouts

The new scout section

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

#scouts #squirrels #beavers #cubs #ventures #explorers #network

Imagine my surprise to see

something to make me smile at tea

reminding me of a place

that brought a smile upon my face

I was once a young cub scout

and played with others and learned about

making things, and knots and tents

and camping outside, quite content

I remember the beavers – who wanted to be cubs

and the games and activities , picking out grubs

making things for mum and dad

and telling them of the fun that they had

Now there’s a section – for younger ones too

They call em the “Squirrels” (I know they’re new!)

doing the things scouty for fun

and jumping and around and having a run

With Squirrels and Beavers and Wolfcubs abound

The scout families healthy with lots of em round

learning new things , in enjoyment and play

and enjoying themselves each and every day

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Memories Outdoor Pursuits Sport

Put a Pin on it

#socs #pin

Someone once told me – you never really leave the scouts

In a sense – i guess they were right.

Why? i hear you ask – because of some little things picked up along the way

back when i was a cub scout (yeah! i am that old) when we went on expeditions or on camps, we’d try and pick up a patch for our camp blankets – which kept us warm on cold nights and some of us turned into ponchos for night time around the camp

I collected plenty of these badges – and still have them in the house in a box – as a reminder of the places i’ve been

Yorkshire Dales, Edinburgh, Peak District, Lake District, Cheshire, Lancashire….

Manchester 2002 pin badge

But i guess fashions change….and around the time when Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games, the cloth patches turned a little more smaller and a little more harder….and a little more metallic.

There were Pin badges with the Manchester logo on them , 18 Sports pins covering the various sports events, country pins and team pins for the staff

And after the games had finished, places of interest took up the mantle as well as other sporting events.

Turn the lock forward to 2012 – and i’m finding myself at Old Trafford and the Pins are back

Olympic Ambassadors pin ….Old Trafford manchester

Reminders of places visited, Events volunteeered at and things achieved

They even introduced them at the Imperial War Museum – for years of service

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Childhood Growing up

Just another day

#Napowrimo #paperswans #children

Picking up post for Mum and dad

and reading a chapter a day

Helping doing the washing

and putting it away

one hundred and one little things to do

whilst i’m away from school

playing games with nanna

watching granddad play the fool

and i’ve pegged out all my teddies clothes

so they’ll be as snug as a bug

this afternoon i’ll be dressing them

and giving them a great big hug

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Childhood Poetry Schooldays

Pint Sized Sheriff

#Writeclub #poetry #Nursery #Playground #School

Note from Inky : I’ve used the english terms for the younger end of school here, i realise they might be different elsewhere!

In response to the write club prompt “I am the law”

Written in a moment of insomnia by inky.

The posse in the playground are all taking cover –

there’s a new sheriff in town

Rolling into the playground on his wheeled silver horse

he’ll take on the bad guys (and raiders of course)

new hat, new leathers and britches

he’ll sort out the wild west of this dry gulch school

They took out the last sheriff in a high stakes duel

he landed on his bottom in the paddling pool!

And covered in sticky and given a fright

his deputies were in soapy suds for most of the night

The bandits they raided the tuck shop and all

till the leader of the playground sent out a call

Dressed in his boots and his one gallon hat

he yelled “i’m the sheriff!” and that was that

Water cascaded from east to the west

and the soaked bandits gave up to the sheriff that was best.

So to supersoakers in playground there’s a new kid in town

armed with his water pistols he’ll take them all down.

Post Note: When all of this happened teachers were in a muddle

on a bright shiny day the playground was a puddle!

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Halloween Life Poetry Spooky

Trick or Treat ?

#Socs #Halloween #Trick #Treat #octpowrimo

Jackolanterns (art by inky)

No lanterns coming to the front porch

No ghosts floating past the door

No Vampires not worrying ’bout their canines

No Werewolves coming to explore

The street is surprisingly quiet

the children all indoors

as parents keep them from bugs in the air

and other nasty spores

But there’s bobbing apples a plenty

and games in the family house

and treats and the telly, filling their bellies

till they all have to be quiet as a mouse

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BASIC Health Learning Leisure Life Memory Pleasures

A twist on Snakes and ladders

Salford , 30th July 2019

Basic and spinal injury centre, Salford.

We’ve all played the board game of snakes and ladders before

Snakes and ladders board game cartoon illustration

The idea is you roll the dice, go up the ladders and down the snakes

all very straight forward , but has anyone tried playing it the other way round ?

Where you go up the snakes and down the ladders ?

It’s just as fun – and requires a lot of concentration – as you hit a ladder at the top and find yourself going down it instead of up.

We played it both ways – the reverse game is a lot more challenging.

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Childhood

Slide

#fowc #slide #childhood

Childhood joy

summed up in a single word.

Something to play with

than swings, see-saws or roundabouts

Ascending to the clouds

with each big step

And then travelling at speed

to your mum and dad below

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Acrostic Freedom of Expression

Celebration

Another piece from Inky, in response to richa’s Freedom of Expression Challenge

Crack open the party poppers, for its an

Extra special day today

Lots of people are coming to share in

Excitement, in honour of somebody who’s having a really significant

Birthday….

raise the roof

and dance till you drop….

tell the celebrant how loved they are

on their very special day – and

never forget to enjoy yourselves too!

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Acrostic Technology

Cloaked

Cloaked

Could that new fangled coloured box, be that must have games machine you’ve been

Looking at in the newspapers and magazines all year

Over every review, it supposedly beats the competition hands down

As you are lined up with your friends, the gossip

Keeps on growing – as to what is inside it

Expectation grows as well – until the

Drapes are lifted and the secret is out.