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Living on the Thames
How are things going, Mema?**
"Oh fine darling, I'm just sit-
ting here watching the four walls"
A generation and some
years later the daughter said,
"I'm here just hanging out and
watching the tide come and go"
Here hubby chimed in, "let's see
about this, what else is there
to watch?" "We'll take some notes and
I'll catch some pictures and sketch."
You can watch the scaffolding
go up on the new building
next door. Or below see the power
wash man do his thing.
Or watch the construction cranes
a mile away, see if they
make their move today, lifting
See, the tide is out right now
but that doesn't phase this boat
The yellow window wash man,
he seems to be a McDon-
ald's toy playing way down there
If I were you I might be
counting all the red double
decker buses, that beats the
tide that comes in and goes out
only once or twice a day.
You could follow your doctor's
orders, walk to the Vauxhall
bridge and spot the London sights.
Slowly turn round three-sixty
What you see will be pretty
The exercise will do you
more good than sitting alone
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Photos and Poem Copyright, © 2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
**Note: (1) At the Vauxhall Bridge, Lambeth, London, U.K, the Thames actually rises and lowers by fourteen feet with the coming and going of the tide.
............ (2) Mema was my mother-in-law. She died at age 89 in 2007. (Link to her tale)
Loosely, Margaret asked us to write after a sketch, written or drawn. She said we could be loose, I used some photographs that I took this morning. We are visiting relatives who live on the Thames in London, neither Mrs. Jim nor I live here. The pictures are what can be seen from their window and balcony and some others that I took just a few minutes' walk away, from the Vauxhall bridge.
Labels: London, Personal-Challenge-2014, Poem, prose poem, Real Toads, Syllabic Form