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3Spires
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196 of 198  Sun 15th Apr 2018 4:08pm  
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Three Spires Junction Three spires glimpsed from the box The clang of steel on steel Heat rising from the shiny rail Welcomes the early summers’ day Three spires glimpsed from the box Haze softens already faded outlines Ghostly station even quieter now Forces memories of a noisier past Three spires glimpsed from the box Indentured hopes of boy and man Life’s apprenticeship just begun Rewards with happiness and pain Three spires glimpsed from the box Shadows are banished by the light Metal expands from the warmth Lengthening this longest day Three spires glimpsed from the box Cityscape crowds the ethereal beacons The door stands fully open Yet no cooling breeze is felt Three spires glimpsed from the box Bells ring a coded request Efficiently the response is sent Summoning disturbance of the air Three spires glimpsed from the box Sound decays behind the train The disappearing silhouette shimmers And in the distance thunder beckons
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Harrier
Coventry
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197 of 198  Wed 25th Apr 2018 5:31pm  
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.... and in the beginning ..... Taxes higher Godiva's ire Naked ride Taxes died All inside But Tom spied How unwise Now no eyes!!!! Wink
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JohnnieWalker
Canberra, Australia
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198 of 198  Thu 26th Apr 2018 12:24am  
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Always check your facts Always check your facts, my boy, always check your facts! That’s what the veteran writer said amongst her final acts. She wrote so many thrillers – the Mousetrap was her best, And I was so inspired by her – you could say quite obsessed! I’d dabbled in short stories but I wanted something more. A murder mystery with a twist’s what I was looking for. I looked in vain for many months but then I got a call “A Phantom sighted in the grounds of old Fillongley Hall”. My friend – the caller – found this heading in the local news, And posted me some clippings which I avidly perused. The Hall’s quite near – I knew it well - I had to check it out! And most of all, to see what all this phantom stuff’s about. The papers told of annual sightings down the lanes at night And villagers from all around described their dread and fright. The Phantom glided by while making not a single sound, Save for a weird ticking which set off the local hounds. Encouraged by these press reports, I spent time buying beers, And in the Weavers Arms I found so many volunteers. I only had to buy a round and they would tell their tales. Amazing how our memories improve with good strong ales! The other pubs – the Cottage Inn, the Bulls Head and the Bear – Provided confirmation of events that happened there. The ghostly spectre, ticking sound, and strangely glowing lights, All pointed to Fillongley Hall - the focus of their frights. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I had to go and see This scary place – Fillongley Hall – if they would talk to me. To my surprise, my phone call then achieved that modest aim. "A novelist, are you? Please do come. Are you a famous name?" The Hall, of stunning limestone, in the neo-classic style, Is accessed by a driveway that extends about a mile. And then you see the portico, Greek columns either side. The home of Baron Norton, which was built with obvious pride. I’m taken through the Entrance Hall, with inlaid timber floor, And massive marble pillars – are they Doric? I’m not sure! And surely that’s a Rembrandt up there hanging on the wall? “I’m Lady Norton – Lizzie please – you’re welcome to our Hall!” “My husband’s out, but won’t be long. A guided tour comes first! A glass of wine? Of course, you will – to slake that writer’s thirst”. She showed me through the dining hall, the snooker room, the rest. As a setting for a murder – well, this surely was the best! I asked about the Phantom, but she smilingly demurred. “My husband knows the truth of it – in spite of what you’ve heard”. So, in due course, Lord Norton came and joined our little chat. “A great place for a murder then? I like the sound of that!” “Has Lizzie shown you ‘round the place, or only the indoors? Well, come with me - you’ve got to see the woodlands and the moors! As the setting for a murder, our home has got the lot. It’s up to you, dear novelist, to come up with the plot!" So as we walked around the grounds, I’m aching to find out The story of the Phantom, and how it came about! My patience was rewarded, and his Lordship gave a smile, “I wondered if you’d heard of that – I’ll show you in a while!” We walked back past the cricket pitch as it was getting dark, Towards a red-brick outhouse, on the edges of the park. “It all goes back to grandad’s days, when I was just a lad. He died – some say was poisoned – leaving everything he had”. “He must have been tormented by the timing of his death, And threatened that he’d haunt us with his very dying breath!” And as he spoke, he turned the key and opened up the door. “Voila!” he said, “Magnificent! This what you’re looking for?” I peered inside and there I saw the Phantom, there’s no doubt! A 1920s Rolls Royce car, the family runabout! “Grandad bought it just before he ‘bought it’ as they say, And he never got to drive it, to his very dying day!” “But what about the apparitions, can they be disproved? The weird lights, the ticking, and the silent way it moved?" “Just take a seat”, the Baron said, "we’ll take it for a drive, And I think you’ll see just how these myths could possibly derive!” He turned the key – the giant headlights gave a ghostly glow. He asked me “tell me what you hear – I think I prob’ly know!” “Don’t hear a thing”, I had to say – still suffering from shock! “Ah yes I do – that ticking noise is coming from the clock!” “That’s quite correct”, the Baron said, "Rolls Royce’s pride and joy. No engine noise at all, but all that ticking can annoy! So what’s left now of your well-thought-out phantom-murder plot?” I nearly killed him there and then but thought I’d better not! So always check your facts, my boy, always check your facts! Don’t put your faith in beer-bribed folk – always check your facts! Dispirited by all of this, I went straight home to bed, And vowed to spend my time in writing travelogues instead! {With apologies to the real occupants of Fillongley Hall} Edited by member, 26th Apr 2018 5:04 am
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