Friday, May 30, 2014

Living on the Thames -- Sketch Book Challenge

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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
Today I'm linked with Margaret at the Real Toads, Sketchbook Poetry Challenge
**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.

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At Friday, May 30, 2014 6:35:00 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Seems other-worldly, to me, to live in such a place. You captured it well, Jim!

At Friday, May 30, 2014 10:39:00 PM, Blogger Ella said...

I loved what you shared and how fun with the marvelous photos~ A great pairing of insight!

At Saturday, May 31, 2014 7:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is like a little travelogue-- almost a sightseeing book for the young-- or young at heart . Very charming. K.

At Saturday, May 31, 2014 11:56:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Quite a view...thanks for sharing it

At Sunday, June 01, 2014 10:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, I love the phrase "catch some pictures and sketch." The idea that pictures are indeed images caught in the moment is lovely. I didn't know about the tides of the Thames...that is quite something! And of course the snaps are wonderful. I want to visit someday. Have a friend who is the Anglican priest at St. Pancras Station's little chapel! Peace, Amy

At Tuesday, June 03, 2014 6:56:00 PM, Blogger audrey` said...

Yes, exercise is always better than sitting down. Thank you for sharing the photos, Dr & Mrs Jim :)

At Sunday, September 14, 2014 11:59:00 AM, Blogger Margaret said...

I'd take the Dr.'s orders and walk! Fascinating about the Thame's tide.


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