Poetic License

And here I am again
with a pint at Ye Olde Trippe
Waxing lyrical I write
as rain goes ‘drip, drip, drip’
Poetic license there you say
well yes, I quite agree
but as it rhymes I added it
with (I’ll admit) a ‘tee tee hee’

And who’s to say that poets
in this Inn across the years
have not o’er wine and victuals
and merriment and beers
not added similar to their verse
when writing here a ditty
that brings a smile to readers
who find it rather witty?

©Jemverse

Photo – a pint in ‘The secret garden’ of Ye Olde Trippe to Jerusalem Inn, Nottingham, UK – Jempics [Ye Olde Trippe has been an Inn since 1189 and is famous for being built into the caves below Nottingham castle].

Pitter Patter

It’s weather for the ducks up here
in Nottingham today
Been raining hard since Sussex
as to here I’ve made my way

And though cats and dogs may feature
it’s the ducks I’ll mention now
as they don’t seem to mind a bit
and enjoy it here somehow

People though? Now here’s the thing
for that’s a different matter
with lots of them complaining
at a little pitter patter

©Jemverse

Photo – the Nottingham & Beeston canal in the rain, Castle Meadow, Nottingham, September 2019 – Jempics

The Canalhouse

It’s quite a surprise
when popping in for a beer
to find that the pub
has its own canal here!

But that’s just the case
here in Nottingham city
Though a former museum
had to close, more’s the pity

The Canalhouse though
with clever adaption
keeps the history alive
with its central attraction

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The Canalhouse on the Nottingham Canal in Canal Street, Nottingham, UK is a former canal museum. The site is now home to Nottingham’s Castle Rock Brewery and its flagship pub. The Grade II listed building retains much of its former heritage, including a branch of the Nottingham Canal complete with resident barges which splits its interior. 

The Nottingham and Beeston

In Nottingham the waters
of the canal are quite tranquil
with new building now reflected
in the waters quiet and still
Iron rings along the towpath
remain in situ there
Yet no more to fasten barges
with slow horses unaware

Those days to passing memory
are I’m afraid resigned
Another age and fashion
to this place are now aligned
In fact the only traffic
in this peaceful place today
is my good self composing
some words along the way

©Jemverse

 

Ye olde trip to Jerusalem

Underneath the castle walls
in the bright sunshine
Eight hundred years and some have passed
of serving ale and wine

Ye Olde trip to Jerusalem
is the place I mention
The oldest pub in England
stands here with good intention

So whilst visiting fair Nottingham
with a toast to passing years
I spent a pleasant lunchtime
with two of their fine beers

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Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham, UK. is carved directly out of the rock underneath the castle. It’s been a pub since 1189 and famously served the Crusaders on their way to Jerusalem.

Wilford Street Bridge

‘Neath the Wilford Street Bridge

Where the old water flows

Castle lock hides the secret

That only passing time knows

Over a century now of traffic

Depleted through the years

Its industrial heyday hidden

Behind twenty-first century tears

Yet in the midst of this sorrow

Is the occasional smile

As a narrowboat passes

Every once in a while

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Olde trip

At Ye Olde trip to Jerusalem

A pint of Olde Trip in the rain

A welcome respite from the work I have done

Refreshment for me and my brain

The oldest inn in the country it’s said

Nottingham fort on the hill

The warmth of the sun again breaking through

Though the grey clouds above threaten still

©Jemverse

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