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Walkaboutsverse

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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,Walkaboutsverse
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 07:41 AM

(In memory, if I may, of the late greats Hillary and Tenzing, R.I.P)

Poem 23 of 230: ABOVE EVEREST

When flying from Nepal to Thailand,
    I was given a "good-side" seat;
And, as I looked out the plane window,
    The view I saw was really neat.

For breaking through a thick sheet of cloud
    Were the high Himalayan peaks;
And, rising the highest of them all,
    Mount Everest - heaven bespeaks!

http://walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,Walkaboutsverse
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 05:46 PM

Poem 36 of 230, walkaboutsverse.741.com - WALKABOUT MEXICO

In late December,
1996,
I can remember
Being in a fix -
For time and pesos -
And, thus, unable
To see Mexico's
Sights commendable.

So, in Tijuana,
I enjoyed the show
At a miniature
Rep. of Mexico.

(C) David Franks 2003

http://walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,Walkaboutsverse
Date: 07 Feb 08 - 05:44 AM

I've heard, and enjoyed, via satellite, Scottish junior and senior Folk Awards...when are the ENGLISH Folk Awards..?!

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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,Walkaboutsverse
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 07:48 AM

Since faith(s) is front-page news in England, presently, this brief poem/couplet -

Poem 103 of 230: FURTHER ANTI-IMPERIALISM

Let each Christian nation have it's own Church -
Equal, before God, with the others' Search.

http://www.walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,We Subvert Koalas
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 05:26 PM

What about the non-Christian nations? And the non-Christian minorities living in the otherwise secular UK if it comes to that! How odd that this appears to be the only mention of Rowan's ill-advised gaff on Mudcat...


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,Walkaboutsverse
Date: 13 Feb 08 - 04:49 PM

(Most people, We Subvert Koalas, in the world now, including me, are happy that the WORLD is multicultural...but whether each country should be multicultural is another matter. Sadly, events of the last decade have dramatically shown that trying to have a multiple number of cultures/faiths living under the one state law will always be problomatic.)

Now, on a lighter/romantic! note, from single me -

Poem 16 of 230: A BEAUTIFUL STAGE

If a couple, with plans to wed,
Asked me, off the top of my head,
For somewhere I thought well in tune
As a place for a honeymoon,
It would have - flashing back - to be
Beautifully-honed Italy.

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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,Walkaboutsverse
Date: 16 Feb 08 - 06:20 AM

Last week, the new PM of Australia, Kevin Rudd, made a formal apolgy to Aborigines, hence I post this poem...

Poem 76 of 230: LAND RIGHTS

If there is a good thing
    From the Second World War
It's that most peoples learnt
    To conquer lands no more.

In Africa, Asia,
    And the Pacific, too:
Post-war independence -
    Steps only bigots rue.

But for some indigenes,
    Outnumbered much-too-much,
It has all come too late
    For liberty, as such.

So 'tis in Australia,
    And America's sites,
Where the best now, I think,
    Is to respect land rights.

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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 28 Feb 08 - 05:55 AM

I went to a poetry club this week where we looked at Philip Larkin...

Poem #148: AUDIENCE LOST

I returned, again,
    To what they pen -
The free-verse poets:
    Deep prose in sets...
I could read, again,
    Of Mice and Men.

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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 04 Mar 08 - 04:24 AM

Poem 95 0f 230: A GOOD LIFE

To fauna,
    Home-flora.
Sheep for wool -
    Fed till full.
Chooks for eggs -
    Free-range legs.
Milk from cows -
    Should well house:
Better grade
    Can be made.
Fish for game -
    Cut the pain.
Dogs for pets -
    No regrets.
And question
    Castration.

This does say
    Buddha's way,
And Blake's way:
    A good life -
For all life.

From http://www.walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 08 Mar 08 - 05:26 AM

At last, the BBC have produced a series, called "White", allowing English people to openly lament the loss of traditional English culture and values, due to the mass immigration (and emigration) of the last 50 years, hence I post this poem...

Poem 213 of 230: MORE AMOR PATRIAE

There is Tai Chi and there is tennis,
    Line is fine but so is Morris,
There is curry and there is the roast,
    And, when England is playing host,
It is the rest-of-the-world's good wish
    To sense culture that is English.

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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 09:53 AM

A response to the Cheltenham Festival...

Poem 146 of 230: HORSES FOR COURSES?

To some, in income-anticipation,
    Horse-balking at gates is a small debase;
To me, it seems a memory/fear case
    Over the coming whip-castigation.
To some, the winning jockey's elation
    Is the highlight of an ended horserace;
To me, the horse's bulged veins and scared face
    Undermine the winners' celebration.
I can't condone a punter's desire
    To gamble rather than earn a living,
    But can acknowledge a jockey's courage;
I can't see and think as a raced sire,
    Nor feel the scrapes hedges are giving,
    But find horses choiceless in their bondage.

From http://www.walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 02:16 PM

Re: Credit Crisis...

Poem 105 of 230: GLOBAL REGULATIONISM

No income-scale would be unjust -
    It's a matter of degree;
And, to have less inequality,
    Regulations are a must.

For, in Millennium's status quo,
    The pay-gaps for human work,
And what's gotten simply as a perk,
    Are wrong - inhumanely so.

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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 22 Mar 08 - 06:51 AM

(It's good that possible solutions for global-warming are often discussed now, but birth-control remains largely taboo; 50 million people IS too many for the area of land called England, and 6.6 billion IS too many for the area of land called earth.)

Poem 102 of 230: CONGESTION

The waxing view;
And the taboo:

Again-and-again for congestion,
Leaders make this sort of suggestion -

Nationalisation,
    Remuneration,
Standardisation,
    Cooperation,
Integration;
   
Fine...but (through dread of accusation -
    "They don't care about our children" -
And of losing the next election)
    Most politicians never mention -
Promote a lower population.

I do care for the lives of children,
And think birth-control mends congestion -

Curb the birth queue
And influx, too.

From http://www.walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 27 Mar 08 - 09:48 AM

It's the 41st this coming weekend, hence I post this poem...

Poem 193 of 230: THE 35TH MORPETH NORTHUMBRIAN GATHERING – SPRING 2002

Toward Morpeth's Gathering,
    Either side of Great North Road,
Daffodils gleefully showed
    Their stalk-dressing flowering.

And then, at the Gathering,
    Another great flowering
Of English heritage, showed
    Through competitions that glowed
With competent folk-singing,
    Storytelling, bag-piping -
The small-pipes rapidly rode
    By hands, in staccato mode -
Clogdancing and stick-dressing:
    Things that are worth addressing.

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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 04:45 PM

(I was there again, and again enjoyed it, by the way.)


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 05:05 AM

But did we enjoy you?????


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 05:34 AM

I thought I got a reasonable response at both the singaround and the pleasingly-packed singing competitions, Guest.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 05 Apr 08 - 06:27 AM

Given the "Grand National" is on, may I refer you, again, to the above-posted poem, "Horses for Courses?" from http://www.walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 06:32 AM

(Current affairs make it obvious that the UN has to become stronger/better respected.)

Poem 218 of 230, THERE IS A U.N.

Why does the U.S.
    Have O.S. bases
Of influence when
    There is a U.N.?

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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 13 Apr 08 - 08:51 AM

(Just enjoyed Kate Rusby's My Music on Ch5, and the village cricket and concert reminded me of this; plus, it is Sunday, today...)

Poem 115 of 230, walkaboutsverse.741.com: SUNDAY CRICKET AND BERRIES - SUMMER 2000

From a bus - ninety-eight,
    Bury to Manchester -
I got off at the gate
    Of Hamilton Road Park,
Where in situ I ate
    Several blackberries
(The taste too good to wait),
    Before making my way
To a further park-gate,
    From where briefly I watched
How Stand's cricketers rate.

(C) David Franks 2003


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 05:56 AM

Poem 54 of 230: HOBSON'S CHOICE

During a day trip to Cambridge,
My Uncle showed the confined space
That left punters no choice to face -
Using Hobson's trade of carriage.

From walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,Captain Swing
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 12:42 PM

"To the harbour, Opera House, then the Quay -
    But alternatives number in the tens."

Surely you can only have two alternatives. You can have options in the tens.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 12:51 PM

Thanks, Captain - "other options" also has the 4 syllables I needed, and I'll change it shortly.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 25 Apr 08 - 10:30 AM

Thanks, again...it's like this now...

Poem 4 of 230: PICTURING SYDNEY

A good place to start is Sydney Tower,
    With its enthralling panoramic feast:
Olympic grounds - west; to north - the harbour;
    And beautiful beaches - north- and south-east.

From what is quite a jumbled C.B.D.,
    A good walk is through Botanic Gardens
To the harbour, Opera House, then the Quay -
    But other options number in the tens.

From walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,Rich
Date: 25 Apr 08 - 05:51 PM

Sorry about this walkabout but I just wanted to point something out which has been bothering me. Like a lot of people I use myspace, and I think the way you use people's comments sections is really quite naughty.

I see your 'comments' posted all over folk artists pages, yet I have never yet seen you use the comments sections for what they are intended, that is to post a comment to one of your 'friends'. Your comments (that I have seen) are purely self advertising where you just fill them with 'please come and look at my page...'. Never have a I seen a single note or a compliment on the artist who's page you are posting on.

Sorry, but I think its out of order and wanted to point it out. Oh and before you respond, Please think about this for a minute and I think if you let yourself, you might just agree that I have a point. Or maybe not.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Graveyard
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 06:08 AM

This is the very reason why I did not let him become a 'friend' of mine.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 07:18 AM

I nearly always put an example of my poems (some delete them, most leave them, occasionally someone HAS asked for more - go through the Comments on myspace, if you don't believe it - and one or two have said I'm deleting you) AND quite often I DO comment in () on the artist, as well.
Now how about you being honest - MANY on myspace do nothing more than say "Thanks for the ad.", yes. Spend ten minutes surfing myspace and you will see that several times.
I've taken a minute, and I think the way I use myspace is acceptable, frankly, as usual, Rich.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 10:47 AM

(About 20 years ago, I was passing through Checkpoint Charlie.)

Poem 17 of 230: THROUGH WHAT WAS

During Europe's summer, '88,
    At a wall my bag was checked:
A brief smile at what gave it weight;
    Sun-cream lid back - mood unwrecked.
I walked past plain buildings and cars,
    And entered a small food-store.
Its goods were plain, also: no sweet bars;
    The essentials - not much more.
As I bought crispbread, with money changed,
    A row began, at counter,
Between two, it seemed, Germans estranged -
    Clothes, to me, the sole pointer.
I headed back through the wall that was,
    Then signed a reunion book.
Reflecting, I'm happy/sad because
    The Left-cause, too, has been shook.

From walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,Rich
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 04:06 PM

WAV - yes, it doesn't surprise me that you think its acceptable.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 04:48 PM

Okay, Rich, but, for what it's worth, if a little fish puts just "Thanks for the ad" on myspace, I do post/publish it, because, let's face it, suchlike at least gives them a bit of a fighting chance against the rich big-fish record-companies, etc - agreed?


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 03 May 08 - 04:46 AM

With local elections just held here in England, my outlook remains much the same...

Poem 135 of 230: ON THE 2001 ELECTION

Morally Tory;
    Economically
Old Labour:
    Cold waiver.

From walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 10 May 08 - 05:42 AM

THE WEEKLY WALKABOUT, E.G.

With talk about the unbeatable "big four" in our news, it's worth remembering that, not so long ago, club football in England was mostly-locals in MEANIGFUL competition...

Poem 98 of 230: REREGULATE

One Premier world-eleven v.
    Another such company,
Or wage-caps and say half each-club's squad
    From the local-junior pod?
And, perhaps, heed the cricket-fan's call
    To convert to county-football..?

(C) David Franks 2003
From walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Amos
Date: 10 May 08 - 01:23 PM

The man appears unkempt, and friendless,
Spouting rhymes in showers endless,
From a mind bereft and olden,
Showers long, unclean and golden.
I'd prefer tot hink of this
As whacko souls, taking the piss.
But I fear this flow mysterious
Is actually meant to be quite serious!
This, I fear, is shallow magic,
Mindless, numb, and somehow tragic.
That from man and woman born,
Comes the child, like April morn,
Who in parents' dreams fulfilling,
Renders verses dull and killing,
And in couplets quite frenetic,
Ruins all their hopes aesthetic.
Never mind. It's just for looks.
Nature needs her babbling brooks.
Let it babble, mindless roll,
If it calms his darkened soul,
Or sustains a broken mind,
'Til arrives a happier time.

Florence Lightener Wynde
Potmetal Baubles Renounced
Climetree-on-Impulse, 1939


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 10 May 08 - 04:48 PM

Noticed you're also a bit of a folkie, the other thread, Amos.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Amos
Date: 10 May 08 - 05:23 PM

What other thread, Senor Verse?


A


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 11 May 08 - 04:10 AM

Yes, from a click on your link, Amos, and a plough through your plethora of postings, it was, indeed, Chords in Folk?


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 11 May 08 - 08:33 AM

Never before in the field of human conflict has one person spouted so much pointless, inane, boring, [ mediocre would be a compliment ] feckin drivel.

eric


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 11 May 08 - 08:35 AM

In fact ' drivel ' is a compliment to WalkaboutsVerse.

eric


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 11 May 08 - 09:25 AM

Others, Eric, have said otherwise - see, e.g., my myspace Comments. And I just heard that the football authorities here are, after 11 years of free-market foreign-farce, indeed considering some reregulation of our club football..?


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Stu
Date: 11 May 08 - 10:53 AM

"Where glimmereth the spume-encrusted Severn in her magisterial splendour..."

This is a fucking brilliant line.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 11 May 08 - 11:11 AM

Language, Stigweard, language!..it's Sunday and an important one at that. But, yes, 'tis a nice line...you ever seen or surfed the Severn bore?


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: The Sandman
Date: 11 May 08 - 12:07 PM

he reminds me of someone perhaps,William Topaz Mcgonagle or Cumberland Clark


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Stu
Date: 12 May 08 - 04:42 AM

I was more impressed with the ability to get the words 'glimmereth', 'encrusted' and 'spume' into one sentence. Even after reading it the Severn bore was not what sprang immediately to mind.

Have you ever tried writing for greetings cards?


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 12 May 08 - 04:45 AM

That, then, CB, is another thing we disagree on - I'm an English repat. / you're an English expat. No doubt there are things we do agree on - the English concertina has a beautiful homely timbre, e.g.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 12 May 08 - 05:01 AM

Amos, you SO need to publish. Absolute brilliance.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Amos
Date: 16 May 08 - 03:46 PM

From yahoo, on his progenitor:

""McGonagall is obviously not the best poet, but he is actually very popular these days," said Alex Dove, a specialist at Lyon and Turnbull auction house in the Scottish capital which was selling the poems.

The works, many of them signed, deal with topics ranging from women's suffrage and the burning of a theatre in Aberdeen.

If the collection goes for its estimated price it would be in the same league as first edition copies of Harry Potter books signed by author J. K. Rowling, according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

The poet -- full name William Topaz McGonagall -- was nicknamed the "The Tayside Tragedian" in his home city of Dundee, where laughing locals would throw fruit and vegetables at him.

Critics have awarded him the "world's worst" label because of the crashing lack of subtlety in terms of rhyme, imagery, vocabulary or repetition.


His most famous poem is about the Tay Bridge disaster of 1879, in which 75 people died:

"So the train mov'd slowly along the Bridge of Tay,
"Until it was about midway,
"Then the central girders with a crash gave way,
"And down went the train and passengers into the Tay."

"

Sigh.


A


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 17 May 08 - 07:55 AM

So much for the Gem of the Day, folks!..now here's the next...

WEEKLY WALKABOUT, E.G.

Poem 113 of 230: FOLLOWING THE SUN - SPRING 2000

Having moved, by buses, up the hill from Salford to Bury
    (To be within walk of new work, again),
These stimuli surround between my abode and the factory
    As I follow the sun - its wax, its wane:
Walking toward work and the rising sun, a morning chorus
    Rides the crisp breezy air of hill-farmland,
While gravel, of road and path, beneath my plonked feet crunches,
    And P.V.C. flaps loose of its hay-stand.

Bumble bees, tree sparrows and robins bob along the hedgerows,
    Squirrels and hares hop ahead on my route;
And on a weather-wrapped reservoir - glassy, or dulled by blows -
    Glide mute- and whooper-swans, ducks, geese and coot;
Horses, goats, sheep and cattle laze and graze on fields of green -
    Fields they, in turn, feed, helping make hay;
And, above, swifts and herons sometimes grace the aerial scene -
    A scene framed by a moorland chain of grey.

Slugs - some rusty, others pitch-black - slither on a clayey path,
    That slopes sharply beside the reservoir;
And a whitegood on green-grass (a horse trough, once a human bath)
    Amuses me as I view from afar;
As does Peel Monument, atop a distant Holecombe mount -
    By which an uncle and I once took lunch;
Disturbed nettles - brushed in such distraction - make their bulwarks count,
    And a shed-side arbour demands a hunch.

One time, three sheep-dogs determined me lost, and rounded me up;
    Oftentimes, the Metro. tram rattles by;
And, sometimes, a horse will urge me make handy a grassy cup,
    Or nudge for a scratch down its back and thigh;
On cooler mornings, the dew on grasses soaks my joggers through,
    But beautifies clumps of whimsy grass-heads;
And, already proceeding on his routine of chores to do,
    A farmer strong-hoses out the cowsheds.

Caravan-people leave their grouping to walk the well-worn track,
    And milk- and mail-vans squeeze tightly by;
Antique farm-machines rust away in a grassed ramshackle-stack,
    And pigeons startle from their grassy lie;                                                
In sun, fishing-people and bathers dot the reservoir's shore,
    And, in shade, ferns the sides of path and stream;
Near gates, manure fills the air and makes stepping a chore,
    But elsewhere the views are a poet's dream.

Magpies, near horses, bop around - perhaps for aroused worms;
    Laburnums sprung yellow, and hawthorns white,
Pleasingly, in nature, border the fields of farming-firms,
    And help enclose this Radcliffe rural site;
Plus, as I meander home from a day's factory toil,
    The sun, when it sets in a clear sky,
Forms a large amber ball, behind a converted cotton-mill -
    Signalling another day almost by.

From walkaboutsverse.741.com


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Amos
Date: 17 May 08 - 06:22 PM

That one actually has a couple of genuinely good lines in it, WAV.


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: GUEST,yayaya
Date: 17 May 08 - 07:26 PM

See how people begin to back away when faced with your, ahem, "support", Ruth! A lesson there, perhaps?


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Subject: RE: Walkaboutsverse
From: Amos
Date: 17 May 08 - 07:48 PM

Yaya:

Sorry, that is just BS. I was glad for Ruth's remark, although I do not know her, and my comment to WAV was genuine, as well as an effort to soften the edge of my earlier harsher remarks.


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