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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!

Categories
Art Arts Life

Beside Me

Salford, March 28th 2020

#Socs #Besideme

Saturday morning.

Its a couple of days into the government lockdown in the UK for this blooming bug that’s hitting the globe like a whirlwind

and for the stream of conciousness challenge – i’ve been asked whats beside me,

I’m looking down at the table – the book i was reading yesterday is still there, a compilation of work from some fine amateur writers, who entered the great British write off for 2015 – flipping through the index – i find i appear just before half way with a short piece i wrote during a holiday at that time

My watercolour pad is just in reach, doodles and scribbles brought to life in glorious technicolor. For some strange reason, there’s an awful lot of drawings of fish – there is a reason for that folks – i’d been creating my own stencils the night before and one of them was …. lo and behold a fish.

Flipping through the watercolours, there’s a picture of a tree….haven’t come up with a title for it yet – so i’m going to pinch a title for it – “What the kids really wanted”

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Music

Bird on a wire

#SocS #Wire

Battery operated radio ?

if you have one of these – expect interruptions

right about now there’s a small feathered friend

doing the fandango up and down on the receiver of the signal

outside and if you

notice a crackle or two – its down to that.

Analogue radio seems to pick up the dancing

Waltzing up and down the aerial

if you listen very carefully – you’ll hear the birds

reacting wildly – so

expect to hear a cheep or two through your headphones

Categories
Character Poetry Toys

Figure

#SoCs #Figure

For a while now he’s occupied that spot on the shelf

If you can’t spot him – he’s

Gracing us with his presence sitting by the clockwork guardsman

Up by the laptop brush – in the shape of a car

Ready to leap to action – when his spaceships been built

Except at the moment – he’s happy where he is

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Poetry

Collect

#socs #collect

items around a room – connect

common nik naks from different spaces

different things the people collect

treated with the upmost respect

on shelves the nik nak presence graces

as others pass and then inspect

and on the shelf – the humble object

with others are cleaned in their places

should elders eyes turn at them and reject

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Animals Poetry

(Wild) Life

#SoCs #Animal #Sounds #Salford #Manchester

I

Friday night in the Manchester Air

the birds are out for the night

in certain spots where the birdseed flows

and the neon lights paint the town

Sometimes Red, Sometimes Blue

II

Cats are out, and on the prowl

kings of their own domain

out in their preened green jungle

playing with their catnip toys

Sounding out a evensong

before tucking in to impromptu lunch

III

Down by the deep

under the shade – sound of feathered bridge

canard and his friends enjoy their grub – discussing the days events

keeping close together

so they keep their little ones warm

IV

four paws return from patrol

result from the hunt ? minimal

no chance of a fishy surprise – so he lets out a wail

but whats this ? something meaty awaits

by the cat blanket

V

who’s this coming up the garden path

playing in the snow and rain

big paw prints heading for the door

tail in the air, big wet nose on the floor

grown up puppy asks – Hello ! Time for Tea ? I would agree

Categories
Acrostic Outdoor Pursuits Outdoors Poetry

Packing

#SoCs #Holidays

Packing our bags again

as we head off for a country break

camping under some national park stars

key to this essential journey – notepad, camera and pencils

if needed – wellies and wet weather gear

navigation and maps essential for hiking and

good sleeping bag for kipping under canvas

Categories
Acrostic Food Life Travel

Choices

#Socs #Choices

Choices you make, can form you later on down the line

How you make them is down to you

Of course, there are many paths to travel, to where you want to go

It’s a decision you have to make…..

Cold or Hot, Coast – Countryside – or City

Even eating, can give you pause for thought

Should you have golden syrup or chocolate sauce on your pancakes ?

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Christmas

Scrooge

#SoCS #Scrooge

So looking back, How was your Christmas ?

Counting the savings from making the kids wait till Boxing day for their treat

Roast Chicken and less vegetables than usual

Of course, you can defend yourself by saying you’re “Economical” – but

Oranges are meant to be eaten, they’re not just a table decoration.

Got to admit, the mittens you wrapped up might be useful but

Expectation well exceeded reality

Categories
Poetry

Movie Title Challenge SOCS

#Socs #Overtheedge

It’s not easy being a marble

they may say you’re made of hard stuff

but you still have a glass heart

and with artistic colours running through you

you can be a sensitive soul

cobbled together with your mates

as each players dobber tries to smash you

out of the safety of the chalk circle drawn on the tarmac

and gravity can be your worst nightmare

as you balance and wobble

on the un even surface