Saturday, 14 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 71 OF 230

Poem 71 of 230:  ME AT 33

Gandhi-glasses with twelve-years of wear,
    Clubfoot, slight scoliosis, thin hair;
I have a goatee, am built quite lean,
    And in golfing-clothes I’m mostly seen.

Single/once divorced, with no children -
    Except one sponsored with World Vision.
Back in Manchester, my place of birth -
    On that World Cup day, for what it’s worth.

Sound at exams, moulding, travel, sport -
    At home when wishes are fairly sought.
And I am a didactic being -
    Having seen much needless suffering.

(P.S: I hope a stronger U.N.
Replaces the need for such "Vision.")

(C) David Franks 2003

Me at about 33 years old

Saint Mary's Hospital, Manchester -
my birthplace; 29/5/2017

Saint Mary's from Whitworth Park; 29/5/17

Friday, 13 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 72 OF 230

Poem 72 of 230:  MILLENNIUM DREAMS

We can control our day’s thought,
    But not our sleepy night’s dream.
My dreams, these nights, are of this sort:
    Red earth; tanned grass; gums by a stream.

I’ll do my bit from Manchester,
    But, if again in Australia,
I’m sure like this I’d fondly dream:
    Snow on swans; willows by a stream.

(C) David Franks 2003





Willow by Manchester's Irwell; 2/5/17

River Witham, Lincolnshire; 16/5/2017

River Wye, Buxton; 15/7/2017

River Wye, Buxton; 15/7/2017

Thursday, 12 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 73 OF 230

Poem 73 of 230:  MILLENNIUM THOUGHTS

Watching live scenes from auld lands, on the B.B.C.,
Was my longest time stationed in front of T.V.

(C) David Franks 2003

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 74 OF 230

part two (cont.)
WALKABOUT WITH MY PEN
(conclusions)

Poem 74 of 230:  ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIALISM

Anthropology -
    Wonts, in close study -
Provides students with
    A good insight on
Many ways to live.

And students well-read
    Are oftentimes led,
Economically,
    To Left of Centre -
That happened to me.

With “immigration,”
    However, I’m on
The side of all those
    Who, questioning “aims,”
Make misled-Left foes.

(C) David Franks 2003

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 75 OF 230

Poem 75 of 230:  IMMIGRATION’S LEFT AND RIGHT

Letting people
Enter a state
For factors like
Terror through hate.

Rewarding those
Interested in
Gains which oppose
Heritage and
The state’s own shows.

(C) David Franks 2003

Monday, 9 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 76 OF 230

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.

(C) David Franks 2003

Captain Cook's Landing Place, Spring 2011




Sunday, 8 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 77 OF 230

Poem 77 of 230:  OVERCOME

Variety’s a spice of life -
    Crucial to which is culture;
Yet, as the world moves further “right,”
    Cultural destruction’s rife.

We’re taught the virtues of “progress,”
    As if other ways are sin;
But, as we push ever “forward,”
    The world’s becoming a mess.

Competition brings corner cuts,
    So rivers are polluted;
And land’s taken, from indigenes,
    For “progress” - no ifs or buts.

Sure humanity’s grown up some,
    With conservation movements;
But - here, there, and everywhere -
    Capitalists still overcome.

(C) David Franks 2003

Saturday, 7 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 78 OF 230

Poem 78 of 230:  “PROGRESS”

The last two centuries have seen
    The most “progress” there has been:
Transport, communication, and
    More-productive use of land.

Thus, according to experts’ gauge,
    A positive of this age
Is, despite global congestion,
    There’s now enough production
Of food for all-alive to live -
    The problem’s the will to give.

So, surely, our modern press
    Should add to words on “progress”:
Having all of humanity
    Free from food-deficiency.

(C) David Franks 2003

Friday, 6 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 79 OF 230

Poem 79 of 230:  PIE IN THE SKY?

From our early childhood,
    We’re taught to glorify
Conquering the Earth’s neighbourhood -
    Shouldn’t we question why?

Satellites can aid sibling-hood,
    But some missions could buy
A start for millions to make good -
    Is Mars “pie in the sky”?

(C) David Franks 2003

Observatory in Greenwich,
London; 12/8/2016

Greenwich Observatory Telescope,
London; 12/8/2016

The Octagon Room with its Time Ball,
Greenwich, London; 12/8/2016

24-hour clock & standard-lengths
at Greenwich Observatory; 12/8/2016

Prime Meridian marking at
Greenwich Observatory; 12/8/2016

Thursday, 5 May 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 80 OF 230

Poem 80 of 230:  HUMANITY

The setting-sun swept,
    On an open-canvas sky,
A plane’s dual-wisp red.

(C) David Franks 2003

South of Manchester; 9/7/2017