Being away from home at Christmas time is no joy for anyone, especially for the first time, add being in a foreign land, and this was the situation which I found myself in sixty years ago this Christmas.
Mother`s Ginger Wine,
I always well remember,
It warmed the cockles of my heart,
Every dark December.
Christmas is but weeks away, When santa rides upon his sleigh, Children jumping and laughing with glee, Parents head in hands sighing, why me?
How the wind blows to make the waves play
On Mappleton Beach on a fierce winter’s day.
How the surf crashes and, breaking, it roars,
Grabbing the cliff in its spray-spitting jaws.
Beneath a cross by Peter Ainscough
I stand beneath a cross upon a hill,
And looking up into the eyes of God,
I feel the pain and hurt as time stands still…
SAY GOODBYE by Vinny Shepherd Try to keep your head above the water. That’s what the shoeshine says. The leper leads his lambs to the slaughter. Taste the water, waste the wine. There’s a part of me that wants to feel the drowning. A part of me that’s […]
Through the eyes of a child – a short story by Lorraine Ellis (Flo) Lorraine says that this is a work of fiction, but recalls having a similar perception of things when she was small. Mr Dickson blew his whistle and hurried over to the boys in the corner of […]
WE HAVE FOUR POEMS on the theme of STARS sent in to the Hedon Blog as part of our National Poetry Day Challenge. Many thanks to Deborah, Alexander, Janice and Richard: Stars © by Deborah Stevenson I was always told you were the Glitter in the sky. The magic […]
Chickens by Lorraine Ellis (Flo) (Must be read and said in a ‘Ull haccent! – Editor) In it a shame for chickens, always getting plucked, In it a shame for chickens often getting cooked. In it a shame for chickens picking and pecking the corn, in it a […]
The Grey Lady of Hedon by David Thompson Among the town, there tells a tale Of a restless spirit, From another world long gone, You can judge its` merit, The chemists` daughter, worked as did In those days very rare, But in that chemist shop she worked, Conventions […]
Accidents Arranged by John D. Slater If you’ve got lots of bills – and to turn – don’t know which way, Phone Accidents Arranged – it could really make your day. A broken leg for instance – is worth a thousand quid. And we will arrange for you […]
A Ghostly Flush by Lorraine Ellis (Flo) ‘There must be a logical explanation,’ said Anthony the library superintendent. ‘Like what?’ said Sandra, ‘I mean the plumber’s been and he can’t find anything wrong with the system, the only explanation I can think of is that the place is […]