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Acrostic Animals Life Poetry

Seagulls

Salford , 2nd April 2020

Someone is hovering over Salford’s bins

every day they’ve been seen – on spying missions

and some say – they’re worse than the pigeons

gracefully flying through the skies

until the bins on the waterside are

looking full – likelihood is – they’ll chance their

luck – with a lass coming home from the chippy

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People

Burnt Orange

A head to turn heads

When you entered the room

Instantly, you turned the boys heads

Like Desdemona had arrived

Dynamic

Heaven’s angel mixed with Hell’s fury

Only time would decide what happened next

Meeting up with old friends

By the banks of the waterside

Reality – you would be back at your post come morning

Expectations – out of the window.

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Acrostic Birds Character Nature Poetry

Little bird

Salford 1st March

Like a bullet

It flew down the street

Towards the other side of the dual carriageway and

The waterside

Local cats, couldn’t catch him

Even if they tried – he was too far up to reach

Before our feathered friend

Islands of Plenty – with seeds galore

Ready to be eaten by our feathered friend and his chums

Dropped on a patch of green

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Photography Places Poetry

My favourite place

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Favorite Place

salford quays, March 23rd

Sat on a bench by the Manchester ship canal,

just watching the water go by

and letting the lemon cake I’ve just munched on digest

as the feathered residents of the quays go by

dont think they know much about their famous neighbours

but it’s relaxing watching them travel through the water

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Animals Cats Poetry

Creature

Creature

capable of anything, the dockside cat.

running the roost over the old area of nine dock

eager to grab the pickings, that hide from

an expectant audience, more likely to see actors

than a furry tailed family, resident by the basin

usual routines the order of the day, watching the drains lining the

road, whilst the humans don’t really

expect to see a furry tailed visitor, mr puddytat keeps watch

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Photography Water Waterside

serene

Serene

Ontario Basin, Salford Quays, during Sunset.
Sundown over Salford Quays (Image (c) Brian F Kirkham)

Picture of Salford Quays, during one of its sunsets

taken with my Sony Xperia phone

all is calm on the waters surface

the fish are sleeping soundly below

and the geese have headed for bed till breakfast

all is quiet, all is calm

what you’d call serene

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Canalside Fishing Water Waterside

Another Winters Morning

Fishing

As the mercury begins its annual retreat

the angler keeps a watch

the winter water, dark and cold

as silvery sources flicker

 

Hot air turning to almost fog

as chair it rests on sawn up logs

and line it sits, still, with great aplomb

as angler watches for a flicker

 

The float bobs away

in the ice cold soup

slight winds make it bob and loop

but not yet beyond its line it stoops

 

Ripples in water – give something away

as down in the depths – something does play

so sat angler waits – and beef tea he does pour

whilst listening to sports news on Radio four

 

But then there’s some action – could that be a Pike ?

the float swings round wildly – It’s the chain off a bike

and bubbles arising ? – the laughter of the fish

who’ve stopping being put on the wall or a dish

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Acrostic Art Canalside Places Poetry Water Waterside

Emulating the greats

Homage

Salford , 30th August 2017

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Sat by the great stretch of Ontario,

Aware of the place i was in

Lowry’s backyard, I

Found myself a bench facing

Out onto this great stretch of

Royal waterway, in sight of Rileys Flat and began to

Draw a scene in simple pencil – one the great man would appreciate

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Birds Industrial Nature Water Waterside

Ten birds 🐦 spotted

Salford, 25th January 2017

in response to the daily prompt

Ten

i never realised my home city was such a magnet for birds, particularly waterfowl

pigeons are normally the first thing I’d spot,

sparrows usually nest in the small fir trees 🌲 In the front garden

today a blackbird said hello, hopping about from tree to tree with  his distinctive yellow beak.  He pecked around the hardened lawn looking for the odd worm 🐛 or caterpillar 🐛 for breakfast,

and at Christmas we were visited by a robin redbreast who hopped in and out of the house 🏡 on the look out for food 🥘

he enjoyed nibbling on the bits of bird seed cake 🎂 left on the windowsill

a family of song thrushes is now occupying the fir tree in the front garden, and I can’t wait for early spring to arrive, as new life hatches in front of its mum and dad high up in the trees 🌲

The colour soon returns in the spring as blue birds and canaries descend on the lawns , grasses and gardens in my hometown.  It’s an ideal time for the birds 🐦 and is great for the flowers 🌺 as they get pollinated as the feathered friends go for the prize of their nectar.

living by a river and a ship 🚢 canal, I see plenty of seabirds around the water, Canada geese are most in abundance, and can be seen on the basin in packs going for the spoils left for the rest of the wildfowl.  Tourists sandwiches can now be denoted as endangered due the curiousity of these brown feathered greedy guts!   But I humour them all the same…as being chased by an irate mother goose is not what I call fun

alongside the geese are a family of swans.   They have grown in number since I first saw them by the quayside.  They’re relatively quiet, but this doesn’t stop the adolescent ones having sibling rivalry on the centenary pathway…common cause of the fights…scraps (by that I mean the bits of food 🥘 left by those sat by the waterside)

finally there are two different sea 🌊 birds 🐦 I see parked on the orange coloured buoys by the basin lock booms.  The first, a heron is practically the veteran of the entire group, as he took up residence just after the waters were cleaned up, and he’s been living on the dock since then.  It’s fun seeing him dive for sprats in the basin.  The newest arrival, a black cormorant landed around the lock gates last summer…and he hasn’t left…I get the sense he likes the waters round my neck of the woods.

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Acrostic Animals Poetry

Beaver

#coloryourworld #cyw #beaver

Brilliant builder of wood based dams

Each one of your structures an individual masterpiece

As you carefully create each one from surrounding forests

Very careful in your construction, – from

End to end , each twig and branch fits to create a

Riverside home – fit for any waterside family