Monday, 14 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 91 OF 230

Poem 91 of 230:  TAX

The flouting statement is rife -
    How death and taxes are
The two certainties of life.

And both, to be sure, do hold
    Lores of being a shame -
Thus, backing one may seem bold.

But taxes it seems to me -
    When used in proper ways -
Are good for humanity.

It’s natural to compete,
    But cultural to share -
And tax keeps folks off the street.

For, to open the unfair trap
    (No job, no means, no job),
Welfare the poor must tap.

(C) David Franks 2003

Sunday, 13 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 92 OF 230

Poem 92 of 230:  PLASTICS

Plastics, we so often hear
    In environmental fear,
Are non-biodegradable
    And, wrongly disposed, horrible.

But this (plus reuse) is the key,
    And there’s the costing side to see -
To some become available
    Goods otherwise unpayable.
And further pros occur to me -
    E.g., replacing ivory.

(C) David Franks 2003

Rochdale Canal, Manchester; 25/5/2017

Newcastle Upon Tyne, November 2016


Nairobi National Park, February 2014

Saturday, 12 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 93 OF 230

Poem 93 of 230:  ONE-POT COOKING

While living as a bachelor,
    I’ve cooked in just one pot -
Cast-iron with a wooden handle,
    It can hold quite a lot:

In a locally-grown rapeseed oil,
    Sweat onions a while;
Adding a powdered-veggie-soup stock,
    Plus greens, to the pile;

Then, with this vegan-mix nearly done,
    Add canned lentils or beans.
Served with some toast plus tomato sauce,
    To an end, it's a means.

(C) David Franks 2003

Friday, 11 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 94 OF 230

Poem 94 of 230:  SPEARMINT TEA

Here’s a hint
    Concerning mint;
It’s very brief:
    Just pick a leaf
From the backyard,
    And wash if marred;
Leaf, bag, in mug,
    Boil the jug,
Pour in and stir,
    Oust the former.
It’s easy, see -
    Spearmint tea.

(C) David Franks 2003

Thursday, 10 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 95 OF 230

Poem 95 of 230:  A GOOD LIFE

To fauna,
    Home-flora.
Falconry -
    Starve or free?
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.
Kosher and
    Halal band.
Dogs for pets -
    No regrets.
And question
    Castration.

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

(C) David Franks 2003

Nairobi National Park; February 2014

Birmingham Botanic Gardens; 26/8/2016


Hawthorns on Primrose Hill, London; 23/5/2106

Swans' nest, Hyde Park, London; 18/4/2016

Regent's Park, London; 6/5/2016

Gloucester; 22/10/2015

Cromford, Derbyshire; 18/9/2014

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 96 OF 230

Poem 96 of 230:  PARADIGMS

“Thirty-all” is, in effect, “deuce”;
    Nobody has seen an “atom”:
An atom remains a model;
    “Thirty-all” an umpire’s call.
“They we just simply had to bomb”;
    And there are other given “truths”...

If we humans evolved from apes,
Why on earth are there living apes?

(C) David Franks 2003


Natural History Museum, London; 28/12/16

Darwin - Natural History Museum; 28/12/16

Owen - Natural History Museum; 28/12/16

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 97 OF 230

Poem 97 of 230:  COLLECTING THE CARDS

Some folks are plant diehards,
    Others keep foreign coins;
Twitchers collect sightings,
    And golfers their scorecards.

My hobby’s the latter,
    And, in many places,
I’ve managed just one round...
    Scores?  Another matter!

(C) David Franks 2003

90 courses played - last on 9/7/99

Monday, 7 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 98 OF 230

Poem 98 of 230:  REREGULATE

One "Premier" world-eleven v.
    Another such company/
Or wage-caps, and most of each-club’s squad
    From the local-junior pod?
Plus, perhaps, heed the cricket-fan's call
    To switch to county-football..?

(C) David Franks 2003

Sunday, 6 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 99 OF 230

Poem 99 of 230:  ONE RUGBY?

With sixth-tackle, knock-on and touchline hand-over -
    No scrums, line-outs, rucks or mauls;
The rest (the best of both codes) would hardly alter -
    And no splits, due to two calls.

(C) David Franks 2003

Saturday, 5 March 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 100 OF 230

Poem 100 of 230:  MONOPOLY ON WEAPONRY

Regarding firearm laws, it seems to me,
    Practically as well as ideally,
In an equitable society,
    A well-audited police-force and army
Should have a monopoly on weaponry.

(C) David Franks 2003