Friday, 27 March 2015

August Riots (2011)

AUGUST RIOTS

Saturday as London riots
Manchester boasts it is riot-free
though some fear to celebrate

Sunday in Salford
and Manchester City Centre
a mad mob mobilizes

Wanton destruction
Miss Selfridge's torched
lots of looting

Monday morning
an army of citizens gather
armed with brooms

Outside Starbucks
free coffee for volunteers
cleaning the streets


Wednesday afternoon sun
fountains play in Piccadilly Gardens
families having fun

The trams trundle
down Market Street
thronged with shoppers

Only a few boarded up windows
remain to remind us
of a sad Sunday.

© GERALD ENGLAND

Composed: Hyde, 28th August 2011

Publication

2011 Ol' Chanty - Chanticleer Online (Internet)

Friday, 27 February 2015

Jodrell Bank Observatory Haiga



my father
the long distance runner
next to Copernicus

© Gerald England

Composed: Hyde, 3rd April 2011

Publications

2011 Cosmopoetry (Internet)
2011 Ackworth Born, Gone West (Internet)

A contribution to:
Skywatch Friday;
The Weekend in Black and White.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Valentine cards


VALENTINE CARDS

On Hyde Market
Valentine cards - fifty pence
or three for a pound!

© Gerald England

Composed: Hyde, 14th February 2011

Unpublished

Friday, 16 January 2015

tanka 45 (Solar eclipse 2011)



Pse 2011 In Magurele (Romania) photograph © Andreea Fazacas

an eclipse tonight
posted a friend on Facebook
but by then too late
out of my window blackness
others' visions seen online

© Gerald England

Composed: Hyde, 16th January 2011

Publications

2010 Cosmopoetry (Internet)
2010 Ackworth born, gone West (Internet)

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Haiga for Leslie Moon




words © Gerald England; image © Leslie Moon

glimmer of light
behind dark clouds
a storm brews

© gerald england

Composed: Hyde, 3rd January 2011

Publication

2010 Ackworth born, gone West (Internet)

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

haiga X




ten kisses
mark the spot
unknown

© 2010 gerald england

Composed: Hyde, 29th December 2010

Publication

2010 Ackworth born, gone West (Internet)

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

In A Strange Church





IN A STRANGE CHURCH

In a strange church
I sing the hymns
and mouth the prayers.

I learn the name of the preacher’s son
and of his wife
and how his father died
and where he worked
I hear of where his son
is now honeymooning
and how five years ago
he changed the way he worked.

After the service
three or four people
say “Good Morning”.

None ask me who I am.
I leave as quietly as I arrived.

© Gerald England

Composed: St Ouen, Jersey, 3rd October 2010

Unpublished

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.