In the poems and verses I try to input verbal rhythms and speech patterns, and to tell a story or make comments about current events, political topics and day to day happenings. Sometimes humorous; sometimes sarcastic; and sometimes slightly poignant and sad ……
Much of my early life was spent living in Handsworth, a suburb of Birmingham in the UK and have since lived in a variety of locations varying from the water’s edge to bleak moorland; from villages to riot-torn Handsworth. I’m a news-addict with a deep interest in politics, and for a time was the Political Cartoonist for a respected Regional Daily Newspaper.
Nowadays, being ‘of a certain age’ I enjoy travel ... more »
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David Shoestring Poems
Starry Gazey Pie
How jolly it is still on Wembury beach To see bright waters lit with sun, And proud parents shine with glee, Watching their noisy offsprings run,
The Night Before Christmas
T’was the night before Christmas; A knock came to the door. T’was a message from the Shoestring’s To say they’d moved house once more.
Life of Cards
In Life I’ve tried to play my card. I’ve tried, God knows, so very hard. And yet, somehow it seems to me That Fate misdeals the cards to me.
'Old Money' - Handsworth Wood Road
Handsworth Wood Road was the chosen abode Of the ‘Old Money' in Handsworth Wood. Where substantial Victorian, Edwardian And a few mock-Georgian
Oh! Where is the Thunder? Where is the roar? That used to be heard In lofty debates,
I call upon you, Dear Boy, To win the Country; To win the joy And the adulation of the crowd.
We Are What We Were
We are what we are, Not what we eat. Food can make us full But will never make us replete.
The Division Bell
There goes the Division! Now is the time To set this moment in history; To make it …..mine.
Marks & Sparks
I just farted in Marks & Spencers, Not noisly, you understand; thank God. It barely plipped, just eased and slipped As I stood by the fish counter, looking at the cod.
King Of The Western Sea
King of the Western Sea; He's King of the Western Sea. Neptune's fall Means nothing at all
'New Money' - Englestead Close
Englestede Close was much admired and avidly desired By the brash ‘New Money' in Handsworth Wood. To the tax-dodging fraternity It offered Art-Deco modernity
The Hot-Water Bott'All
Poor old Paul had such a life Trying to look after His beloved wife. For her he did everything;
The odd Hundred Thousand Pounds
Memory - Is a worrying thing you know. One minute it's here,
Lust To Dust - 'Oscar Night'
In the summer of nineteen sixty three I saw a film on the TV. Made in the ‘50's, with a well-known face That appeared on screen without a trace
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Starry Gazey Pie
How jolly it is still on Wembury beach
To see bright waters lit with sun,
And proud parents shine with glee,
Watching their noisy offsprings run,
And chased, splash with shrieks
Into the frothy, slippy sloppy sea.
Many were the timeless, childhood summers spent
At Sherford Road, from where on Sundays we went,
Packed in Uncle's Alfred's Ford Consul, two by two
And driven sedately down to the blue,
Blue remembered summer sea,
Phillipa, Andy, Peter and Me.
We drive past Wembury Post Office and local shop,
Where we stopped once, I ...