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Recorded viewing..... over 10,000?
Work of a gremlin one must agree
A host of phantom visitors
Who enjoy reading our poetry
Viewing figures soar overnight
Comments....few and far between
If only they would post their thoughts
On this here forum screen

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My Baltic Adventure

I felt it was time to leave these shores
And explore the lands to the North
So I booked myself a Baltic cruise
And I got my money's worth.
I set sail from the Southampton port
The skies were an azure blue
Bearing left through the English channel
Then heading North on the compass true.

Kristiansand was my first port of call
I was greeted by a local moose
Albeit stuffed, and set on wheels
Aye, chained so it would not get loose.
The scenery, the architecture,
The history turned one's head
It was a place I was loathe to leave
But my itinerary pointed North instead.

Aye North to Copenhagen
I saw the Mermaid on the rock
Further on to the port of Helsinki
And another fabulous place to dock.
Still further North to St Petersburg
A magnificent Russian port
Catherine Palace in all its splendour
Ensured you weren't sold short.

One cannot relate the Baltic tale
By omitting ports of call
So full astern me hearties
And I'll try and include them all.
Leaving Copenhagen and the Mermaid on the rock
We headed north to Visby, an island paradise
A force six gale sprang up
And the swell was not very nice.

We could not berth alongside
Nor use tenders to the shore
So we just had to ride out the sudden storm
We couldn't do much more.
This cruising crowd are hardy
And they enjoy this holiday time at sea
There was little sign of mal-de-mer
We all turned up for tea.

We set a course for Stockholm
And arrived there in great style
With a Swedish band to greet us..... ...
Tour buses lined up, in single file.
A truly wonderful city
Seen on a bright warm sunny day
Wide boulevards and great green parks
Shop assistants, who had a smile and winning way.

I touched upon Helsinki.................
A favourite port of mine
I visited the Olympic Stadium
And sampled a wee glass of the local wine.......
A photographic paradise
Architecture to stun the mind
Finland is a treasure trove
Any fault was hard to find.

St Petersburg, the jewel in the crown
Deserves an accolade of its own
For plain words cannot describe
The splendour that was shown.
The palaces, the massive public squares
The churches, tall spires and golden dome...........
The bridges and the waterways
This is what we came to see, this is why we all left home.

Little Lithuania offered us a newly opened port
Klaipeda, new on the tourist trail
The wooden structured buildings
Tried to impress, they didn't fail
So different from the grandeur
We had encountered upon this cruise
We were met by dancing schoolchildren
Who had been sent to us amuse............

Then we set sail for England
Southampton, and then onward home
Having cruised the Baltic
No more this year to roam.


L.D.B.
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THE ROCK THAT WEPT


I watched the saline droplets well up into his eyes
Spill over and run freely to my great surprise.
He was my hero my rock, my friend
And to my daily needs he'd tend
What disaster could cause such grief
His face was a mask of disbelief
I later learned to my dismay
His final visit was to be today.

My health prognosis was never good
The medics had done all they could
I'd lived my life in a metal shroud
He was my Dad and I was proud
That he called me son and stroked my head
He held my hand and sat by my bed
Alas those tears never before seen
Were there when they turned off my machine

Fear not dear friend 'tis but a poem
A darkened verse as my mind did roam
Inspired by a care worn sigh
When someone asked if a man could cry
Men are beings wherein emotions dwell
And experience life in every cell
To control ones feelings does not mean
That one is not bereft, because they're not seen

A weakness is ascribed to tears
So man has learned to hide his fears
Instead he cries within his being
And grieves without the whole world seeing.


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Baby Blue

My life starts and ends with you
Baby... my baby blue

The freshness of the morning
The grass all damp with dew
Arouses all my senses
And reminds me love, of you.

My one and only baby
My love, my baby blue.

My world revolves around you
Without you, what would I do
My dependence dear is total
I'm in love with what you do

You are my life, that's true
You are my heartbeat, baby blue

You are in the air I breathe
You guide me in what I do
You are my everything
For you are my baby....... blue!
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Sailing ...ah bin sailing...


'Tis I the traveller, safe returned
Refreshed, invigorated, though slightly burned
Fresh from adventures in the Med
With a myriad of thoughts running through my head
Setting forth into a placid sea
Not aware what did wait for me
It came about on the second day
As we were crossing Biscay Bay

A bit of a blow filled our virtual sail
A squall, some rain, and stinging hail
A choppy sea that rose and fell
Some of my shipmates didn't feel so well
'Hang in there mate' was my cheery cry
'We'll be in Cadiz ere by and by
There the sun will shine and dry you out'
"Stow it lad" was their chorused shout.

I just adored those days at sea
The sun, the rain, the wind, ah me!
Striding those decks in that bracing air
Without a worry, without a care.
Cadiz and then onward East to Greece
Looking for Jason and the Golden Fleece
Corfu, colonised in 734 BC
By the Corinthians (well before you or me)

Corfu pledged herself to Rome
And for five centuries allowed them to call her 'home'
But when the Roman Empire fell
Corfu came under the Byzantine spell.
Then Venetians, Russians, French did rule
And with them brought the printing press, and school
In 1814 Napoleon to the British fell,
The French Garrison in Corfu as well.

Later in 1858 Gladstone (our Premier) did a visit make
With lots of decisions for him to make
In exchange for gold (from the Golden Fleece?)
Did cede the islands to their neighbour Greece.
The island's income is derived from olive oil
With tourism now a major toil
Tolerating the likes of me
A curious vistor that came from the sea.



To be continued.......


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Sailing
(Part two)

KORCULA

Korcula a small island, hilly and richly green
Ten times as long as it is wide
A Croatian treasure that must be seen
Thirty miles long by three, and that's from side to side
A sea bound compact peninsular
So says our Hellenic guide

For Korcula was settled..... 4th Century BC
By colonists from Asia Minor
It all sounds Greek to me.
High quality white marble,
Is their stone of choice
Quarried to build their village homes
And to give their island, voice

Sent to Dubrovnik, Split and beyond
A site so pleasing to the eye
And one to which I have become quite fond.
"Agreed" my fellow travellers cry
Masonry and shipbuilding their trades of long ago
Attracted subjugation, isn't it always so?

Greeks, Romans, Byzantines
Invaded to set Korcula free
Then stayed around until the Venetians came
Around 1000 years AD
The Venetian influence was enormous
Korcula prospered under it
Until Croatia, Hungary, Bosnia
Fought for their own little bit.

In 1420 it was again the turn of Venice
Yet once more it was not to last
Plague and fire had their way
As so often in the past
The hordes of Europe took their turn
Austria, France and Russia,
Great Britain in there too, Italy Germany. Prussia.


L.D.B.

.......and there's more....
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Sailing

(Part Three)

VENICE

Having slipped our moorings we set forth once more
This time we were headed for a very different shore.
In fact to the Lagoon of Venice in the Adriatic Sea
With its canals and bridges and 'one cornetto' just for me!
Sediments of sand and shale forced down rivers year on year
Formed 118 tiny islands about which no one had a care.

For Grado and Aquileia were the main cities of the day
Inhabited by the Romans who had no interest in the bay.
In centuries five and six barbarians did invade
And the Veneti, (inhabitants of those cities) to escape the raid
Were forced to seek refuge on those islands the rivers made.
Slowly the various settlements united though still retaining the 'Roman' look
Elected themselves a ruler A non- hereditary dodge, or duke.

Anxious to be free from Rome they sought allies new
Byzantines helped them fight off many a motely crew.
Saracens, Normans, pirates, from all quarters came
But the Veneti and Byzantines proved that they were game.
They achieved domination of the Adriatic from those islands in the lagoon
And with superhuman effort built their city, none too soon.
For the real break came in 1202 Frankish armies asked for her aid
To ship the Frankish army to fight in the Fourth Crusade.

Thus Venice made her fortune with strategic toeholds in the East
The sacking of Constantinople was the main dish of that feast.
Alas it was to be her undoing as the Turks ran wild and free
Capturing that city in 1453
The Turks marched on through Yugoslavia to Vienna's very gate
The defence of Venice was robust, but they had left it very late.
Venice then lost her dependencies, squabbled with all around
And fell to Napoleon, without a wimper, without a sound.

The last doge was deposed by Napoleon Bonaparte
The new future for Venice was about to start.
In conclusion may I say a word about the Bridge of Sighs
Reasons for such a name has confused the very wise
In fact it was the access from the palace courts into the cells
Where prisoners were to cross,and embrace their private hells
One last look at the outside world and the prisoner would sigh
Knowing that it would have to last, until the day he dies.



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COLUMBUS

In those days of yore.....1492
Columbus was looking for something to do
He sought a patron to invest
In a trip he'd planned.....ooh way out west
Queen Isobella liked his persuasive style
And backed his plan for a little while
Come back home on these ships cheerie
With the gold and silver that you promised me.

He sailed forth with three gallant ships
With the promise of gold issuing from his lips
Five weeks into this epic quest
Continually heading, west, Nor/west
Despondency did beset his crew
But Columbus knew just what to do
The first man to call out, 'Land ahead!'
Would be rewarded with silver, and royally fed.


Rodrequez a simple Spanish sailor
Normally shipped in a Norwegian whaler
Was duty bound in the ship's crow's nest
Yelled, 'Land ahoy' and pointed West
'I claim the prize, I want all to know!'
"No way I saw that land four hours ago!"
'Twas Columbus who made this spurious claim
" I claim the prize and so end this game!"

Rodders fumed and cussed and spat
And history has it long after that
That Rodders unable to stand the strife
Dejected, broken, took his own life.
Whilst Columbus claimed immortality
For discovering a place he did not see
His story is legend as is his boast
But he was haunted by Rodders ghost!


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Walk With Me

Walk with me while I age
Be a constant at my side
Walk beside those still waters
To a place my love resides
Walk with me through golden meadows
Through woods of ancient trees
Walk o'er hills bedecked with flowers
A smorgasbord for honey bees

Walk with me and share my sorrow
Of all disharmony and strife
Walk with me through the ages
Be by my side throughout my life
Walk with me while I age
And yet see not this ageing beau
Stride for stride, let's walk together
As we did many years ago.


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Christmas

Snowflakes falling to the ground
muffling every little sound.
Sleigh rides, egg nog, Christmas lights
children counting off the nights.
Yuletide logs, some wine, some cake,
carollers keeping Nan awake.

Santa Claus checking off his list
ensuring no one has been missed.
All preparations almost complete,
time now for church, to take your seat.
To celebrate in our time honoured way
'Peace on Earth' this Christmas Day

L.D.B.

Sounds of Christmas

Christmas bells, fairy lights
Roaring fires, frosty nights
Soon the winter snows will fall
Laying a blanket over all.
Christmas presents
Christmas fare
Christmas music to fill the air,
Happy children, barking dogs
The sound of a saw
Cutting logs.

Christmas sounds
Of fun and mirth
Heralding our Saviour's birth,
Let all God's children
Lift up their eyes
To search the Heavens
And starry skies,
For a sign in this new Millennium
Of the promise made
And of things to come.


L.D.B.


My Christmas Poem

The tree obtained and installed in place,
Is then dressed with toys and light
Santa and his 'helper' gnomes
Make ready for Cristmas night.
The festive board has been prepared
The stockings have been filled
Presents wrapped, lie beneath the tree
The champagne toast, is chilled.

It's the birth of Christ we celebrate
On that night so long ago
That birth was our salvation
Each Christmas reminds us so.
Lay out a present for Jesus
No need to wrap this gift,
Just visit an old person this Christmas,
Give someone's heart a lift.


L.D.B.
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