Posts tagged ‘heritage’

July 15, 2016

The Potteries

by Jem Croucher


Back in the day this city
thrived with potteries everywhere
But now the bottle kilns are gone
though the history’s still there

Back in the day the smoke and smog
belched up and filled the sky
But now lie open brownfield sites
more pleasing to the eye

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April 1, 2016

A whistle, a puff of steam and a smile

by Jem Croucher


Sitting in the sunshine
with a welcome cup of tea
I heard a far off whistle
echoing ‘cross the green valley
And there, across the fields
with a puff of whitened steam
a train left Bodiam station
trundling through the Sussex green

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August 22, 2015

No wizardry

by Jem Croucher


It’s been mistaken for Hogwarts
up there on the hill
Lancing college’s chapel
remains with us still
There are no Harry Potters’
in those Victorian walls
and no wizardry practiced
in its hallowed halls

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July 1, 2015

Reflections (old and new)

by Jem Croucher


In the waters of the Irwell
I see old but also new
A Manchester reflection
affords attractive view

Bordering the ancient banks
from an industrial past
Residential money means
the buildings here will last

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November 5, 2012


by Sorrows In A Serenade

I walk along the rivers
Which sources lie between
The pale white clouds in the sky
Which ends anywhere
Its tail a snaking wisp of smoke

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