Shallow hole

Character, Poetry

Salford 2nd September

#promptuarium

the highwayman hid his ill gotten gains

in a shallow hole covered in bracken and thorn

where the thought no one would find it.

the highwayman was caught

and hung on a tree

his secret however … remained free

till one day after many years past

the highwaymans secret was uncovered at last

three workmen we’re digging laying pipes for gas

pearls diamonds and rubies uncovered by time

evidence of an old Edwardian crime

and while they cheer , and are running a muck

The ghost of the highwayman is cursing his luck

Hole in the Road

Character, Food, Industrial, Transport, Travel

Alternate title – “An Ode to Roadworks”

 

A hole appeared from nowhere

the size of a cricket ball

Test match players denied

they sent a ball there

 

Some say the hole – has the power of atlas

as it halts mighty juggernauts

travelling down the main road

Supermarket shelves – lie barren

 

Lorry drivers watch in despair

as men from the ministry

stand with umbrellas, motionless in rain

waiting for the magic machine – to fill the hole

 

And as tailbacks form – the rain fills the hole

and drivers diverted to diversions of a teacup

a place to rest the wheels

halted by the hole

 

So drivers slow down

and come to a stop

as transport café sausage barms

for luncheon they pop.

 

Travel decisions secondary

whilst people stand like horse

more important decisions here

onions and brown sauce ?