In Cardiff the old Custom House
has seen better days
as it and progress have at
some point parted in their ways

Next door the York Hotel
has seen a likewise fate
Both buildings now in sadness
boarded up their future wait

And I can’t help but wonder
what they were like in days of old
before their history faded
and their glory days were sold




Made my way to Cardiff
on a Sunday afternoon
Six hours on a railway train
views from hotel room
The city streets below me
Welsh and English on the signs
Old and new in contrast
amongst the ancient lines

Put some music on my i-pod
Slumber called aloud my name
Resistance pretty futile
as tiredness swiftly came
Still there remained a moment
for some thoughts about the day
A few short lines reflecting
some words I had to say



Home III

It’s always with some pleasure
when I have been away
Getting closer to my home
at the end of a long day

Yesterday met that description
hook, line and total sinker
Eighteen hours, give or take
(It really was a stinker)!

But all that’s now behind me
and I can rest, relax and chill
Safe here in the knowledge that
my home will that gap fill


The Blank Page

Awoke to a new day sunrise
like a blank page in a book
And with my pen there poised and ready
paused for a lingering look

This week there’ll be new words written
though they’re a mystery right now
But I’ll know them each as they appear
and reach my page somehow

It’ll be five days in the waiting though
before you, the reader, share
as I’m off to Cardiff down in Wales
and will be out of contact there

A week away from e-type things
but it’s good to have a rest
And it will not stop the writing
so it’s all then for the best!




This week I have been writing
about an animal each day
So I think I’ll finish with the dog
and let them have their say
I mention this quite glibly
for in my house they’re loud
make their presence known with barks
of which they’re jolly proud

And when not barking they’re asleep
except when eating stuff
And then it’s back to sleep because
life as a dog is tough
But they need all of that energy
for the loving that they bring
And having them around the place
is close to everything




This week you’ll find me writing
about an animal each day
So here’s two Capybara
‘What’s that?’ I hear you say
The largest rodent in the world
and roughly four feet long
They’re related to the Cavie
and grunt or whistle for a song

And not so very long ago
I was honoured I’ll admit
to join some zoo staff for a day
and help them out a bit
Being there with Capybara
so graceful and so grand
Was a joy made even better
when I fed them both by hand




This week you’ll find me writing
about an animal each day
And though the choice is massive
Alpacas do deserve a say
And there are three here in particular
that I wanted to include
For as they made a special effort
not to do so would be rude

With early Beatles haircuts
these three called by to say hello
So we had a conversation
about this and that, you know
They stayed a while and ate some grass
whilst we had cups of tea
Just us and three alpacas
as one does nonchalantly




This week you’ll find me writing
about an animal each day
So, for Wednesday, here’s a mention
of the pig. ‘Hoorah!’ you say
A whoop indeed appropriate
for this most noble creature
Which I am proud to here include
and in this poem feature

This one is in the mud of course
and where else would he be?
For there is quite simply nowhere
better than a place ‘squelchy’
And I know that he is happy there
by the look upon his face
One of complete contentment
for he’s in his favourite place




This week you’ll find me writing
(continuing with a leap)
about an animal each day
and today concerns a sheep
We think of them as stupid
but I’m not having that at all
For I know they have intelligence
like this one on a wall

She’d jumped up there on purpose
to get across the other side
Where the grass was that much greener
and no gate she had espied
And that takes a bit of know-how
nay, intelligence, I’d say
Despite her haughty look
and her nonchalance, blasé




Animals, they’re wonderful
so many of them here
Always serve to cheer me up
whenever they are near
So this week you’ll find me writing
and starting here right now
about an animal each day
beginning with the cow

They really are quite special
(in particular their ears)
The little bovine faces
often bringing me to tears
So I will always say ‘hello’
when passing by a herd
And quite often they’ll reciprocate
with a ‘Moo’, if not a word



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