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Cool poems in a heatwave…

July 21, 2013

Hi Folks,

It feels pleasantly cool this morning with even a hint of rain in the air.  But what a scorcher last week was with grass fires, melting roads and buckled rail lines!  I hope you like my poems below.  I think of them as cool poems from the heatwave…

Have a nice Sunday, All.




‘Scallywags’ (a triple-haiku) was written very early one morning, before the thermometer went crazy.  Sparrows were zipping and dipping all over our back garden.




Nice morning, soft blue,

cheeky beaks at my window;

the sparrows are back.


Chirpy scallywags

gossiping in the laurel;

quick wings beat the air.


Nice morning, soft blue,

I feel like a boy again.

Aye, the sparrows back.




‘Jackpot True’ (a triolet) was inspired by a visit last week to the Welsh seaside resort of Llandudno.  An air of Victorian grandeur still clings to the town and I especially love the broad curving promenade with the pier at its western end overlooked by the Great Orme headland.  It was a roasting day, the bay sparkling, and the beach was crowded with sunbathers.  Wading out into the waves, I caught my breath as a flock of oystercatchers passed overhead.

Later, at an amusements arcade on the pier, I saw a gentleman very like the one in my poem…




Jellyfish ride green waves beneath the pier.

Above, on crutches, he fumbles a coin,

a gambler still in his eightieth year.


Jellyfish ride green waves beneath the pier.

Sweet smiles remind him of his wife so dear:

a jackpot true, she in peace he soon will join.


Jellyfish ride green waves beneath the pier.

Above, on crutches, he fumbles a coin…


Paul Beech


Copyright © Paul Beech 2013

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  1. You’re welcome, Richard. Hope your followers like the post too.


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