Wednesday, 14 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 171 OF 230

Poem 171 of 230:  AMONG MY HEDERA - SUMMER 2001

Unfurling its green
    Wing prehistorically -
A fern in full flight.

(C) David Franks 2003

Maidenhair Spleenwort and spiders

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 172 OF 230

Poem 172 of 230:  FURTHER NORTH - AUTUMN 2001

No-more down Wordsworth Avenue
    For a bus, past Bolton’s big stores,
To a train toward some new view -

On that shocking September day,
    Still single, and three months jobless,
In Newcastle I signed to stay.

(C) David Franks 2003


Monday, 12 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 173 OF 230

Poem 173 of 230:  VALLEY VIEWS - AUTUMN 2001

The winds can whistle and the walls can creak,
    But, from my beloved old rocking-chair,
Through a rhombus-patterned lounge-room window,
    The Tyne-valley views induce one to stare:

Over a canopy of estate trees -
    With ash, hornbeam, rowan, and sycamore -
To the houses, parks, stores and works below,
    Which fringe the river on the valley's floor...

Then up the other side to more parkland,
    More clusters of trees and residencies,
Streets that yield, at night, sparkles of light,
    Plus the Angel of the North, topping these.

(C) David Franks 2003




Sunday, 11 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 174 OF 230

Poem 174 of 230:  CIRCLES - AUTUMN 2001

The ringed homing of pigeon;
    The telescopic gasworks,
Which alter the horizon;
    There’s what could be, for some, perks -
Chopper-journeys as sight-sources,
    And advanced driving courses;
Plus, on our flats’ thermals,
    The circling flights of seagulls.

(C) David Franks 2003



Saturday, 10 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 175 OF 230

Poem 175 of 230:  AWOKEN - AUTUMN 2001

Following the sun’s
    Crescent-path above the Tyne -
Autumn’s harvest moon.

(C) David Franks 2003




Friday, 9 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 176 OF 230

Poem 176 of 230:  THROUGH THE NIGHT - AUTUMN 2001

The moon’s beam drew-out,
    White, a passing curly-cloud
From the inky sky.

(C) David Franks 2003

Thursday, 8 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 177 OF 230

Poem 177 of 230:  SAT UNDER A BRIDGE’S RIVER-FLOW - AUTUMN 2001

On a two-pipe seat,
    Under the Tyne’s Redheugh Bridge:
“Brume, cla’-hump, cla’-hump…”

(C) David Franks 2003

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 178 OF 230

Poem 178 of 230:  UPON ARMSTRONG BRIDGE - AUTUMN 2001

Upon Armstrong Bridge,
    Above Jesmond Dene
(A river ridge,
    Surrounded by green),
I bought a framed print
    By a local man -
Sharpening my flat’s hint
    Of the Angel’s span.

(C) David Franks 2003






Tuesday, 6 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 179 OF 230

Poem 179 of 230:  A GLASSY TYNE - AUTUMN 2001

Near glassy-classical new Law Courts,
    From the snazzy Millennium Footbridge,
Reflecting fine bridges of other sorts -
    A glassy Tyne’s snazzy sunset image.

(C) David Franks 2003

The Law Courts, Newcastle; 4/11/ 2016

Gateshead Millennium Bridge; 4/11/17

From Millennium Bridge; 4/11/2016

From Millennium Bridge, September 2007

Monday, 5 July 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 180 OF 230

Poem 180 of 230:  WHITLEY BAY FISHERMEN - AUTUMN 2001

But for the ghostly lighthouse on Saint Mary’s,
    The, matching, moonlit wash of broken waves,
The distant bulbs of liners sailing the seas,
    The Down Under’s lights, from human-made caves,
And the inland blooms of Friday’s zeal,
    Their night’s beach fishing was all by feel.

(C) David Franks 2003




Alas, no fishermen the evening I
returned with my camera in 2014!