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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.

 

SCALLYWAGS

 

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…

 

JACKPOT TRUE

 

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

    Paul

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