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PostSubject: Poems from down under   Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:38 am

A Lonely Valentine

I used to visit once a week
From "community friends who care"
they said that her need for love
was as longing as her stare

so I just sand and chatted
as she looked through wooded gloom
she seemed to be oblivious
of the din around her room

I told her of my childhood
my loves and lost ones too
what the world was up to
and how the years just flew

then one week out of the blue
I mentioned Valentine
Said 'I wonder how I'll do this year'?
just to pass the time

the muscles in her cheeks grew taut
and her eyes closed narrower still
"I've never had a valentine-
And guess I never will"

the words hung in the moment
and the silence deafened me
I think I fumbled some response
and took my leave to flee

I thought about those words all night
they burrowed in my head
a lost soul had just cried out
and all I'd done was fled

my visits ceased for several weeks
as I went about my life
and then one frosty snow clad day
I returned, my step was light

as I entered through the hall that day
I was called aside to hear
'your lady passed away last night -
no pain - no longer cared'

I walked across to where she'd sat
a card lay on the ground
I picked it up and read the verse
it spoke of loves lost and found

but underneath in shaky hand
a message had been left
you always were my valentine
and always were the best!

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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:35 am

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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:39 am

Sad. A lost moment in time. Never to be recovered. :-(

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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:44 am

More Downunder but in a lighter vein.

The Rangitiki Line
My father was no farmer but he loved the farmers life,
And he took along my mother as  his devoted wife.
He rented an old homestead  on Rangitikie Line
Weeds were up to the windows but he said, ”OK! That’s fine!”

He went off to work in town, while mother rolled up sleeves
Attacked the weeds, the windows and webs under the eves.
Each evening he came home again bringing useful stuff
Like little plants ,some garden gloves  and once a box of fluff.

The box of fluff turned out to be  fifty day old chicks,
“We’ll be self sufficient ”, he cried delightedly, “For in this mix-
There’s bound to be half hens for laying eggs- the rest we’ll eat“
The thought of roasted chicken drove out  thoughts of other  meat.

The little fluffy yellow things all ran about in haste
We fed them crumbs and something we made up as  a paste.
After 6 weeks no difference between the  girls  and boys,
After 10 weeks  we’re  no better - deceived by chicken ploys.

At 14 weeks we realised their sexuality was plain!
Not a damned girl   in there, not a single Jane!
Fifty bloody cockerels all cock-a-doodling fit to bust
All fighting fit, all testosterone, all fighting in the dust!

Each Saturday we’d pick the biggest and off would come his head
“X”  minus 1, remaining cockerels would cheer that he was dead.
They felt no feathered ‘mateyship’ or camaraderie 
They simply cock-a-doodled as loud as it can be.

Forty nine feathered fiends went in the baking dish,
Number fifty thought he’d made it and soon he got his wish.
My father, axe in hand went out the fateful day
To find that number fifty had gone and run away.

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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:27 am

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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:34 am

nice one ciderman - is that a self-portrait?
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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:38 am

A never never day
I sat in  frangipani glade
The dogs stretched out in midday haze
The seaward breeze moved gentle leaves
This never never land can freeze
 
The early morns now cool and sharp
Gone is that humid apple tart
But still the sun creeps up the sky
And by midday has drooped the eye
 
Just sit it out till twilight comes
And off shore breezes hum their tunes
The never never freeze at night
Need canvas swag till bleak sunlight
 
The welcome tinge of daylight dawns
As dew hangs heavy still not warm
The ‘billy’ lets off steam not dew
And soon cold hands have thawed anew


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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:14 am

davo wrote:
nice one ciderman - is that a self-portrait?
Yes, 55 years ago! :-) It goes with....

Fairies

There are fairies at the bottom of our garden,
Living in the septic tank.
I leave a possum trap set up
Beneath the stony bank.

I hear their murmers in the night,
It’s such an awful sound,
They leave their dirty dishes out,
And litter scattered round.

They break their bottles in the grass
And make an awful mess,
I’ve put out litter bins and such,
They just don’t see, I guess!

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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:32 am

I know a few but Malcolm would throw me off the forum. drum

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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:21 am

Forget Me Nots

The clock stood on the mantle piece
where it had always chimed
But the batteries long had wilted
Stopped in between the time

Canary lay on sandpaper floor
No water or no seed
There was an air of quiet neglect
It had missed its final feed

No newspapers in the hallway
She must have cancelled these
As her world closed in to no more din
Of tradesmen she had no need

Some ashes in the fireplace
White and cold and grey
Poker lay across the fender
left to poke another day

We'd found her resting on her arm
Sat at velvet tabled cloth
Her hankie tucked within her sleeve
A vase of "Forget Me Nots"

No letter, explanation
Of those final lonely hours
As she sat and waited for the call
Of heavenly chorused choirs

We had all been to busy
Said we'd call another day
She seemed to manage fine alone
And so we did not stay

Something about that final hour
That beholds us all to choose
To take our final farewell calls
And not to miss the cues

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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:11 pm

Seems like your talents know no end Dave
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PostSubject: Re: Poems from down under   Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:03 pm

thanks - well Da was a poetry writer of sorts - mainly family stuff and it seems to have passed over only through the senior child - my bros and sis have no aspirations. People sometimes comment 'oh that is so clever, wish I could, is it hard to learn?' My response is I didn't really learn it, it just comes out of the ether -  call it inspirational thought - but I do have to 'know' the people or scenes usually that I recount
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