London tales #5

For some it might seem strange to sit in a pub alone
especially in London when I'm several miles from home
but overhearing conversation, snippets caught as people chat
is a pleasant way to pass the time when with a pint in fact

Not eavesdropping quite per se, just sitting passing time
the odd word there, the jollity, the laughs, the voice sublime
All part of this , the joie de vivre, the 'je ne sais quoi', the flair
that adds to raison d'être by simply sitting there

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Photo – Jempics

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London tales #4

Sitting in a London pub
waiting with a jar
seemed the right thing there to do
the meeting place not far
Carnaby Street and Kingly Court
around the corner there
where in a bit I'll wander
a lovely meal to share

Two offspring London working
and me here for the week
so meeting up one evening
a no-brainer so to speak
But I got here quite early
so I'm killing time a while
with a London tipple
and a poem for a smile

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Photo – Jempics

London tales #3

Across the way St James' Tower
its clock face in the sun
as morning breaks in London
and the night time is all done

There's promise in that glow
of a lovely day to come
the sky already cloudless blue
the rain there quick to shun

So I will hasten out there
for some walking for a while
here in central London
in the Parliamentary Mile

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Photo – Jempics

London tales #2

Walking back through London
from a film at Leicester Square
the crowds now long dispersed
saw Nelson's Column there
Bright against the night time sky
achievement set in stone
I pondered it a while
on my way to home from home
Temporary for a week
the hotel serves me well
whilst in the heart of Westminster
with more tales yet to to tell

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Photo – Jempics

London Tales #1

I'd forgotten the five o'clock darkness
on these cool autumn days
comfortable in ignorance
I've become set in my ways

Thankfully though this daily trudge
this commute in darkened time
is something I can live without
as it is no longer mine

Save this week to London
once more to the 'Big Smoke'
before the dawn has made it
and I have yet awoke

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Photo – early morning London – Jempics

Rolling days

Sixty five thousand people gathered
and we were in the crowd
in London's Hyde Park in July
to hear the Stones play loud
A bucket list ticked off right there
sixty years of Rolling Stones
and Sal and I were part of that
before we headed home
Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and 'Keef'
all there for the hotspots
whilst all the crowd with one accord
raised hands for Charlie Watts

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Photo – The Great Oak stage, Hyde Park, London. 3 July 2022. Showing running order for the day – Jempics

London in lights

I don't know of its purpose
but the Southwark hoarding new
down by the river Thames this morning
provided quite a view
as visible behind it
London's skyline proved the most
of its attraction to the many
this new hoarding playing host

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Photo – Jempics

Burning sky

East London early morning
and I turned and caught the sun
with burning sky across the Thames
just as the day begun
Gold shone from the high buildings
in the city 'cross the way
but, heeding Shepherd's warning
knew that rain would come today

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Photo – Jempics

Westminster Gold

Westminster sunset
the gold in the sky
makes for a wonder
as I hurry by
But just enough time
to capture the scene
on my iPhone a snapshot
my thumb on the screen
for something to look at
a memory to keep
as I head on homeward
at the end of the week

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Photo – Jempics

No clink in Clink Street

There's no clink in Clink Street at this time of day
Just the footfall of seldom trod feet
Occasional scuff on the cobbles down there
as we pass under night time's retreat
It's a moment of pleasure to seize and to hold
before all the tourists descend
to these streets of old Southwark which at this time of day
are simply a means to an end

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Photo – Clink Street, Southwark, London – Jempics

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