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Looe Island Haiku

This is Looe Island,

it looks like a schoolboy’s cap,

and the gulls live there.

The Tale of a Seagull Called Flap. (Revisited)

This is the ongoing tale

of a seagull called Flap;

not a chip-stealing seagull,

but a nice kind of chap –

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here’s the thing…

Flap, only has one wing.

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He was born that way,

many years ago,

so a one-wingéd life

is all he does know;

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and, ‘Yes!’ I’ll answer,

before you do ask;

Flap ‘can’ fly,

but it’s a bit of a task;

he needs a good run up,

and a following breeze;

there must be a springboard,

to flex out his knees;

and when he is airborne,

by leaving the ground,

he doesn’t fly far,

just around…

and around…

and around.

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However, Flap is of being an inhabitant of Looe,

as many fine seagulls are wont to do –

East? West?

(East is better, but West is best –

that should keep all the Looevians happy,

for they think that their side of the river

is the only side that is truly blessed).

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Flap’s home should have been Looe Island;

where, at night, most other gulls went;

but, being unable to fly there,

walking the quayside was how he spent

his time, eating a crumb or a stale bit of crust; which was sufficient,

if rarely sublime;

but, needs must.

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He did get to the island once in a while;

(as the crow flies it was less than a mile)

and he could cross the short distance from Hannafore on a very low tide;

or wait for the offer of a ferry-boat ride;

but, then, being stuck on the island

was also a pain;

for once he had got there…

getting back again!

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Flap was a bit of a loner;

though he did make friends with a chip-shop owner,

who put a few tid-bits his way once in a while;

which treats Flap loved,

it caused him to smile

at the kindness of strangers,

of those with a soul;

for, not everyone hated seagulls;

but, Flap still felt a hole.

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Flap wished for a mate,

a gentle gull to call his own;

not just for a date,

but for a family to raise,

on their island home…

and then in walked Phlip

a gull just like Flap,

one-wingéd,

what on Earth are the chances

of a thing happening like that?

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Phlip was a pretty Polperro gull,

that had travelled to Looe for a change;

the posh people of Polperro

had pitied poor Phlip,

but told her that she looked, ‘much too strange’;

and, so, she had headed east;

east to find a mate;

and the day that she arrived in Looe

her life was to change,

it truly was an auspicious date.

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Flap and Phlip

when eyes did meet

they knew they’d met the one;

and Phlip and Flap

did dance on feet

in the shimmering rays of the setting Looe sun.

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But, how to get to the island?

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Flap had a left wing;

Phlip has a right;

by holding close together,

together…

they took flight.

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And now they live upon Looe Island,

where they have made themselves a nest;

and do they have plans for babies?

well, I think you can guess the rest.

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At the Seaside

‘Where are the pedaloes of yesteryear?

Where the mobile changing-huts?

Where the costumes of sobriety and innocence?

Where the charabancs loaded to the brim?’

Well, they swapped the charabancs for coaches, and the rest have gone by and by.

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Now …

Families fry, firmly entrenched within their garishly striped windbreaks,

acres of pasty flesh, pointing long-sufferingly at the sun,

adorn tartan beach towels;

ice-creams wave alluringly to the Cornish Sea-Chickens;

and I, sit apart, taking notes.

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Dogs, ‘Banned from this beach!’

pant effortlessly in the late-morning heat;

and the Gulls tell each other of their passing with, ‘Pob-bob-bob-bob!’

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Each patch of beach,

heavily fortified,

is guarded by its current owners,

intrusions upon their land

meet with swift rebuke;

but frisbees and beach-balls have no fear

of where they tread.

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Intrepid adventurers seek the cooling waters of the ‘Ocean’,

or the ‘Sea’, or even the ‘Channel’,

geographically unaware of what is at bay.

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Throughout the day,

Sun-worshipers, casual tourists,

amused (and bemused) locals,

and our wingéd friends

will ebb and flow;

like the tide,

they come, and they go.

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Many, will return,

again and again;

but, it’s a different story

when there’s rain.

Sconehenge

If Sconehenge was in Cornwall

they would have put the jam on first,

way before they topped it off with cream;

and all the folk of Devon

would mock it when once seen;

then they would build their own monument,

taller and obscene,

with cream on first,

and jam on top;

and people would wonder

what it did mean.

For the Sconehenge of Cornwall

would be the one to see,

and the one they built in Devon…

just a shocking,

mocking, parody.

Awenek Poem

Dydh da!

Meurastahwi.

Marthys!

Ny wonn vy ‘awenek’

Well, anyway, I’ve used it in a poem;

out of context – of course –

and ‘margh’ is Cornish for horse

which gives the rhyme

to make this a poem,

and just in time.

Splann!

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‘Three Cornish Ducks’

Three Cornish ducks,

all called Bob

fishing for their supper:

Proper Job!

Written on the seafront of a very wet Looe on a Tuesday Afternoon in May.

The waves waved;

the gulls bemoaned the lack of footfall;

and the Heavens opined about the best place

for the rain to pall;

whilst I watched a moistened few of God’s more resilient critters walk limply by.

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Where is the Summer Sun?

Where the endless day which run

into each other with a freeness of spirit?

Where the bucket & spade brigade?

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Stuck in a cosy caravan playing cards for matches?

Driving further and further along the coast

searching for oases,

of which, today, there are none?

Or huddled under an awning,

wishing the morning, afternoon, and evening

could be like those of their distant childhood visits?

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An empty promenade, though washed clean, is not the stuff of picture postcards.

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But, I ‘do’ like to stroll along

the prom, prom, prom,

writing the words that,

like the seaweed upon the beach,

have sullied this blank page.

‘Cornish Elevku’

From Saltash to Bude,

Land’s End and back:

Cornwall!

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NB still a three-liner, using 5,4,2 syllables. Ty with a Cornish outline. G:)

Ladies queueing for the Loo(e Island Boat).

There they were,

in a long line,

staring at the sign

for the boat to the Isle.

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With laughter in a queue,

as happy people do,

with many a smile

and a chuckle.

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Ready to float,

on a tiny wee boat,

from Looe they’d sail

to the island;

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and for an hour, nay two,

they’d wander fro and to,

in the sunshine’s rays,

along narrow meandering pathways,

on a small rock of land,

located in the bay of the twin towns of Looe.

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A memorable day,

singing, ‘sail away, sail away, sail away’,

and back to the mainland, all too soon;

then toddle off home,

no more to roam,

by the light of the silvery moon.

‘Shakespeare in Looe.’ (Reposted upon the Bard’s 457th Birthday)

‘Shakespeare in Looe.’

The Bard did advance from Liskeard

in a sort of 9-days dance – a la Will Kemp – stopping off upon occasion to compare things to other things.

Nowadays, he would have caught the train; but, then, he preferred to walk upon his ‘legges two’

‘Shall I compare thee to a five-bar gate?

Which is a useful item, at any rate.’

and the like.

With him was his trusty sidekick, Ben – a comedy duo they claimed to be, that went under the name of ‘Will & Ben: Renaissance Men.

‘I say, I say, I say’, quothed Will, ‘Is this a dagger that I see before me?’

‘No.’ answered Ben, ‘ ‘tis The Globe.’

‘ ‘The’ Globe?’ queriéd Will, ‘My wooden O?’

‘No.’ answered Ben, again, ‘ ‘tis just a public house going by the name of…‘ (SFX dramatic chords)

‘… The Globe.’

Ah, well, all’s ale that ends, well, you know what I mean, dear Ben.’

‘More than most; but, all in that only a little, my liege, my fool.’

‘Don’t knock what thou doesn’t understand, Ben.’

‘Knock? Knock? Spake thus Ben, bemusédly.

‘Who’s there?’ responded Will.

‘Ben, my Lord-loon, like as well you know it.

‘Ben, my Lord-loon who?’ asked Will.

‘Jonson! How many times must I remind you?

‘Thrice a hundred, more if there is a Tuesday in the week.’

And thus, with much ado, they arrived in Looe.