Cold in Manchester

Awoke to a cold morning
But the rain had gone away
So putting on a braver face
I set out to greet the day
Unfamiilar are these streets
but my path is fairly clear
and the place that I am going to
is reasonably near

Warm inside my winter coat
AirPods bring comfort sound
coupled with the promise that
I’ll soon be homeward bound
And somehow it’s more bearable
cold weather close to home
A cheering thought to cling to
when in Manchester alone

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Photo – Manchester, December 2019 – Jempics

A fall from grace II

Sadly now the Bridgewater Canal
a shadow of its glory days
is almost forgotten and hidden from view
in Manchester’s streets and broadways
Now twenty-first century pubs and bars
vie for trade where once it was steel
Nightlife and partying along its towpath
hide a wound that time cannot heal

Long gone now the barges the smog and the grime
the lock gates closed up and unused
As a new generation seals the fate
of a history now lost and abused
But the wealth and prosperity cannot be ignored
which these waterways brought to this place
Its legacy there in continuing growth
in spite of its slow fall from grace

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Part II of the ‘Fall from grace’ trilogy
Part I – 6 October
Part III – 8 October

Manchester, some gulls and the Irwell

In a line on a railing
in Manchester’s chill
a long row of gulls
sat perfectly still
It was almost as if
they were posing for me
as they rested a while
inland from the sea
So I took a few pictures
as they didn’t mind
with Blackfriars Bridge
on the Irwell behind

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Two plump gulls

Two gulls flew into Manchester
on a rainy winter’s day
Forty miles from coastal waters
for what reason? Who can say?
Perhaps the Irish Sea was too
cold and rough out there
So they fancied flying inland
to a calmer place somewhere

I suspect though that their tummies
made them fly so very far
For though the sea has much to offer
City food’s spectacular
I must admit they looked quite plump
on the railings in the rain
So maybe they’ll be staying here
as they have to much to gain

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Reflections (old and new)

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

Yet, despite the glass and concrete
there’s still a vestige there
in the arches of Blackfriars bridge
built with Victorian flair

Reflections of the old and new
Three centuries collide
Yet ‘tho the new has dominance
the old will still abide

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Fraser’s House

Morning coffee ‘neath Art Deco
the world goes by outside
and I wonder what the towering glass
in Deansgate has to hide

Built in stone in thirty-five
Its Manchurian portico
has seen so many ages pass
and people come and go

‘Tho its grand design’s now fading
it has grandeur still to see
and as I sit with cappuccino
that fact’s not lost on me

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