Friday, 14 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 191 OF 230

Poem 191 of 230:  WEATHERED PIPES…SOMEWHERE - WINTER 2001/2

As we spun slowly through a warmer winter-night,
    Some birds sung sweetly - out of my sight;
And then, finally returned to the waiting sun,
    The turned bathtub-taps soon ceased to run!

(C) David Franks 2003

Thursday, 13 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 192 OF 230

Poem 192 of 230:  A SECOND BALLET - WINTER 2001/2

Swan Lake, at a House overseas;
    The Nutcracker, in Sunderland:
Two poetic-motion stories -
    That leave on limbs, though, a strong brand..?

(C) David Franks 2003


Wednesday, 12 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 193 OF 230

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.

(C) David Franks 2003

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 194 OF 230

Poem 194 of 230:  CULLERCOATS - SPRING 2002

Cullercoats’
    Harboured boats,
Caved crescent,
    And classic
Metro-sound -
    On a round-
Trip to the,
    Then, calm sea.

(C) David Franks 2003





Monday, 10 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 195 OF 230

Poem 195 of 230:  MUSING ON WIMBLEDON - SUMMER 2002

2001 got somewhat cheeky,
    So, on my T.V., I was pleased to see
Old-fashioned etiquette about the net…
    But oh! to get among the coaching set.
Thus, here is a technique that I’d teach:
    Two-hands each side - either off when can’t reach.
And, as for thoughts on pay, I do not say
    “Amateur play” but “spread-out the outlay.”

(C) David Franks 2003

All photos from my 2014 visit
























Sunday, 9 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 196 OF 230

Poem 196 of 230:  BLYTH - AUTUMN 2002

After a day
    Of moulding work,
I made my way
    To Blyth’s centre,
Where windmills play
    Near the staithes,
And where one may
    Dine or choose at
The Art Cafe.

(C) David Franks 2003


Saturday, 8 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 197 OF 230

Poem 197 of 230:  HISTORIC HEXHAM - AUTUMN 2002

All hay was made,
    And the sun stayed,
The autumn day
    I made my way,
Via Heddon,
    To old Hexham,
Where I did see:
    The fine abbey,
The ex-gaol
    By the moot-hall,
Plus, holding sports
    Of varied sorts,
The Tynedale
    And the Seal.

(C) David Franks 2003

Friday, 7 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 198 OF 230

Poem 198 of 230:  FOR HIS CARING OF PROGENY - AUTUMN 2002

After news of sex-slavery,
    And before news on congestion
Plus further judgeless destruction,
    An update on procreation:
Eggs for money, clones for money -
    Sheep astray, God’s surely angry.

(C) David Franks 2003

Thursday, 6 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 199 OF 230

Poem 199 of 230:  BEDE’S WORLD - WINTER 2002/3

During Advent, I returned to Bede’s World,
    Where I, already read, was further schooled,
Via walks through the museum, the farm,
    The ruins, and the church with its old arm,
Plus the herb garden - raised beds, kept with care:
    Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme all there.
With gifts, I left, after some four hours,
    To round off, at home, my thoughts on ours.

(C) David Franks 2003







Wednesday, 5 May 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 200 OF 230

part four (cont.)
FURTHER NORTH
(conclusions)

Poem 200 of 230:  THE PLASTICS OF POETRY

As melt to shot
    (Right on the spot,
Or flashed or short),
    Poets mould thought.

(C) David Franks 2003