Tuesday, 14 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 121 OF 230

Poem 121 of 230:  IRONY IN LANCASTER - AUTUMN 2000

All cut-and-laid stone,
    South, from the murky river
To the clean canal.

(C) David Franks 2003

Monday, 13 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 122 OF 230

Poem 122 of 230:  PROUD PRESTON - AUTUMN 2000

Heavy autumnal rain
    Had surged the Ribble’s flow
When I walked to and fro
    The foot, motor, and train
Bridges, that have allowed
    Many - some in combat -
To cross this river at
    A town justly self-proud.

(C) David Franks 2003

Sunday, 12 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 123 OF 230

Poem 123 of 230:  FONDLY AND VIVIDLY/AN OLYMPICS-SPARKED MEMOIR SONG - AUT. 2000

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF A MAJOR:

C#2 A2 B2 C#’2 D’2 D’3 C#’1 C#’1 C#’3
G#2 A2 B2 G#2 A3
F#2 F#2 G#2 G#2 A2 A2 G#2 G#2
G#2 F#2 F#2 G#2 A2 A3
C#2 A1 A1 A1 A2 B2 B2 A2
A1 A1 G#2 G#2 G#1 G#1 A2 A3
C#2 A3 A1 A3 B1 B3 A2
A2 A2 A2 A2 B3 G#1 A3

C#2 A3 A1 A3 B1 B3 A2
A2 G#2 A2 B1 G#2 A3
C#2 A3 A1 A2 B2 B1 A2
A1 A3 B1 B3 G#1 A3
C#2 A2 A2 A3 B1 B3 A2
A2 G#2 A2 B1 G#2 A3)

From way up high in Sydney Tower,
You can see it all:
East there’s coastline/west there’s ranges -
Blue Mountains standing tall;
There’s national parks and gardens,
Sailboards on Botany Bay;
And, out among the people,
You’ll soon get that term “G’day.”

Yes, I remember Sydney -
Fondly and vividly:
The eucalypts and wattles;
The sun, the sand, the sea.
Yeah, I still picture Sydney -
Fondly and vividly.

And, way up high in Sydney Tower,
You can see it all:
Southern Beaches/Northern Beaches,
A skyline standing tall;
There’s the Opera House and Harbour Bridge -
Ferries sail from bay to bay;
And, around Darling Harbour,
You can shine the night away.

Yes

And, way up high in Sydney Tower,
You can see it all:
Olympic grounds towards the west,
The Rocks, too, is worth a call;
Plus Aboriginal culture -
The foremost of a lot to say.
So, if you visit Sydney,
I’m sure you’ll enjoy your stay.

Yes

(C) David Franks 2003
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Sydney Tower from an Airbus; 13/11/17












Saturday, 11 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 124 OF 230

Poem 124 of 230:  FROM MORECAMBE - AUTUMN 2000

A long-and-wide red promenade,
    Art mirroring local fauna,
Pebbles preventing sand-shore fade,
    Boats that may be modern-prawner,
Huge mudflats where birds and folks wade,
    The far-shore tide-guides help shortcut,
Then, higher-and-higher-back laid,
    Fells that peak where the Lakelands jut.

(C) David Franks 2003

Friday, 10 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 125 OF 230

Poem 125 of 230:  BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL - AUTUMN 2000

Just out of the station,
    And past a new statue
On human relation
    (Mum, kid, and teddy, too),
Lies Blackburn Cathedral,
    Which, from my passage through,
Seems very musical
    In its newly-formed view.

(C) David Franks 2003

Thursday, 9 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 126 OF 230

Poem 126 of 230:  WATERSCAPES OF OLDHAM - AUTUMN 2000

On a wet windy autumn-day,
    Within Greater Manchester,
Inside Oldham Art Gallery,
    A wooden-shelved greenhouse lay.

And on the shelves were neatly placed
    Not pot plants but clear-glass
Clean-water-filled bottles and jars -
    Photographic-transfer faced.

So - as aquatic sounds streamed through,
    From speakers upon the wall -
Unique 3D. effects were seen:
    “Waterscapes,” all strangely true.

(C) David Franks 2003

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 127 OF 230

Poem 127 of 230:  TO SPACIOUS SOUTHPORT - AUTUMN 2000

Most of the leaves
    Of poplar trees
Had fallen free
    When to the sea,
By bus then train,
    In stop/start rain,
I headed-down
    From Radcliffe Town.

After Wigan,
    The train began
To pass across
    What to me was
A coastal plain
    To see again -
With varied crops,
    And grazing ops.

From the station,
    Reconstruction
Soon came to eye
    As I walked, by
The gallery,
    Toward the sea,
And thereby thought:
    “Spacious Southport.”

(C) David Franks 2003

Between Wigan and Southport; 28/8/2017










New structure behind Southport St; 28/8/17













Tuesday, 7 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 128 OF 230

Poem 128 of 230:  SKY VIEWS - AUTUMN 2000

From a council-flat in Bury,
    Through a wide window, I see -
Landing on neighbouring tiles -
    Some starlings, pied wagtails,
The hop of magpie and sparrow;
    And hear geese bark as they go.

A fancier’s pigeons circle,
    While a white flock of gull
Play the wind in a dark grey sky -
    The contrast catching my eye;
As does the arc of a rainbow -
    With sun and rain toe-to-toe.

Quiet thought turns to Constables,
    As the wide-glass enables
Broad views of strong cumulus sky -
    Changing shape as time goes by;
And - with moors, too, in the background -
    It’s nice to briefly lounge round.

(C) David Franks 2003

Monday, 6 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 129 OF 230

Poem 129 of 230:  TO A DRIVER - AUTUMN 2000

As Lancashire fields
    Became flood plains,
And still-worse storm yields
    Caused Southern pains,
I walked up Bolton roads
    (A new contract,
I’d again changed abodes),
    Feeling quite whacked.

For, while mini-cabs
    Passed-by quickly,
I received the sharp jabs
    Of cold, gusty,
Snow-filled air in my face;
    Till a driver,
At just outside his place,
    Asked, “Going far?”

Driving through the snowstorm
    To my new work
(Diverting from your norm,
    Ending my murk),
You were a kind fellow;
    So, from my flat
(The walk home was mellow),
    More thanks for that.

(C) David Franks 2003

Another snowstorm, Manchester; 28/2/2017

Sunday, 5 December 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 130 OF 230

Poem 130 of 230:  ENTRÉE/AT BOLTON’S ALBERT HALL:  OPERA SONG - WINTER 2000/1

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF C MAJOR:

G2 A2 B2 C’3 B3
C’2 D’2 C’2 B3
B2 C2’ B2 D’3 D’3
G2 E2 D2 C3
C’2 E’2 F’2 E’3 E’3
E’2 E’2 D’2 C’3
C’2 E’2 F’2 G’3 G’3
G2 E3 D1 C3)

From novel, and play,
To opera,
La Traviata
Was my entrée
To an art forma
I find is a
Fine way to relay
A storia.

(C) David Franks 2003
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