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Poetry

Hope

The men with the money

were at the soup kitchen today

a place where the homeless

go for their lunch

The men with the money

say there’s plenty of homes

they’re dropping them on the council land

like bits of confetti

And the men with the money

say its all been approved

while they cut out the affordable

and the homeless were moved

Where did they go – on the darkest of nights

to a place that was open – avoiding the fights

away from the shiny bright towers of the rich

not far from the spot – they call their pitch

But out of the darkness – a small ray of light

as a lad finds himself a bed for the night

and cheers in abundance as his pals they all smile

as he’ll be out of the cold and the rain for a while

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Acrostic Life Poetry

Check…List

#Socs #Check #Cheque

Could they be considered an antique ?

heavy paper saved by plastic

even the kids are using cards today…

cashless society seems to be happening

King cashpoint is worried

Cheque books kept – for those “Special items”

held in value and status

everyone knows that you’re buying a sofa

cheque has to be written – thats why they’re

kept

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Health

Normal(ish)

Salford 6th June 2020

With this bug thats been floating around recently, those in the back doors of the nations governments have been referring to all the changes they’ve made in one particular phrase

The new normal

Now, we know they’ve been looking at a vaccine around the world, but before the mass testing begins – we’re sending people back to work and school before any sort of health implementation begins. Its nothing for our leaders to be proud of – the UK is only second to their American cousins in the number who’ve died….and Yet, Government Ministers – with the economy and their donors breathing down their ear – decided to send everyone back to work….we have to live with the distancing, facemasks and everything else.

They’re calling it the New Normal….forgetting this bug is still wild.

One place this isn’t taking place (Yet) – Arts and sports venues

sports fans are crying into their beer, and actors are having to use video conferencing tools to relay their plays…museums doing video clips

So while they’re queuing for miles for goods at the behest of the economy, signs “Normality” is back… are very very distant. Particularly when this Bug has its own named wards in hospitals up and down the country.

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Acrostic Cities Life Places Poetry

Central II

Converging on the controlled area

everything’s got to be run from there

networks, governance, even your daily shop

the locals who live there feed the machine

really – they have no choice

as every service they rely on is

located in the centre of the metropolis

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Learning Life

Practice

I

Building blocks of different shape and colour

Teach all sorts of useful skill

And its lots of fun when they fall over

II

They might call you a marvel of language

but you’ve got to engage with the locals

if you want to order your lunch

III

Your eye is the best judge

but don’t be disheartened

if that pear looks like a plum

add a peach to the fruitbowl instead

IV

Picking a subject

taking a shot

if you’re not happy with your shot

there’s always the delete button

or perhaps you could edit it at home ?

V

Yellow tennis ball

perfect thing for practicing

reflex actions

catching out in the field

(The red cork ball – saved for match day)

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Poetry

Life through a Lens

#Spectacles #Life #Hydrocephalus #Photography

Distance viewing is a pain for me

It’s why i capture images with my camera

Going from place to place grabbing

Images of locations from

The local park to

Artefacts held in the

Local history library

Perhaps you’d put it down to my specs

holding the key to my blurry eyes –

only – it isn’t

the camera is working fine – the computer isn’t – so

on days when i’m headed out on the

green fields of england , you’ll find a pair of glasses

round my head

aiding my eyes to see things a little bit clearer

putting scenes into a picture and

helping me capture a scene

you might all like

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Life

Hectic

Salford 19th April 2020

Too many things going on

Too many many people wanting your attention

Too many jobs on that “To-do” list of yours

Things landing on you at breakneck pace

Things you have to run and chase

Things you would rather not have to face

Time moving quickly – no time to stop

Time on a schedule – targets can’t flop

Time to be valued – not after you drop

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Childhood Growing up

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

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Poetry

Street

Salford, 5th April 2020

#Discoverprompt #DiscoverWP #Street

Another tail from inky

I think of it like a branch of a tree

follow it back long enough and you’ll find

the grocers , the bakers, the butchers

schools and doctors

maybe a theatre or gallery

and houses tall and small

and a much larger branch

pointing off to another part of town

perhaps even – another town

if you have a set of wheels

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Animals Food

Deep

#SoCs #Deep

Salford 4th April 2020

It’s hard to really appreciate the dish

without taking some time over it

the fish – had been swimming with others

free to explore – developing

evading all predators –

from the polar bear in the north

to the seals and penguins in the south

all to be caught by a net

trawled to a port and

cooked up by a chef

battered within an inch of its old life

in oil so hot – it almost leapt onto the plate

and served by a waitress, Annette

while eaten by the regulars with chips and peas

its eaten by the gastronome

with lemon and tartar sauce……Flavour? DEEP!