header image 2  
Flows Forum for Poems and Stories
FLOW | Forces Poetry | Forces Stories | Profile | Register | Active Topics | Active Polls | Members | Private Messages | Search | FAQ
Username:
Password:
  
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

 All Forums
 Poems
 Comment on peoples poems
 Old lady of Southend
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  

shrubshall
Member

United Kingdom

184 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2018 :  04:57:16  Show Profile  Visit shrubshall's Homepage Send shrubshall a Private Message  Reply with Quote
From a painting by Colin Perry
The 0ld Lady of Southend on Sea

Strolling along the Promenade
Breathing in the fresh air
Nothing particular on my mind
The enjoyment of being there
Looking across the Thames Estuary
The deckchairs Beach and sands
And stretching out before me
The Old Lady of Southend stands
The longest pier in the World I believe
Stretching one mile and a third
Connecting the shore to the shipping lane
Across mud flats and water undeterred
In World War 2 it was severed as precaution
Against a possible enemy invasion
And since those times it has suffered damage
On more than one occasion
Almost severed by a runaway vessel
More than once damaged by fire
Never interfering with the use of the Lifeboat
The need for which is often dire
Itís own private railway runs from end to end
To save visiting tourists the task
Whilst they enjoy the scenery
Perhaps in the Sun they may bask
In times gone by the Passenger Steamers
Would ply from the end of the Pier
On a journey up to London
Or maybe the Kent coast
Tour round and back here
During World War 2 it was also in use
By the Royal Navy at the Pier Head
Taking on fresh provisions
For their coming trips ahead
Many have said that use of such facility
As a structure so costly to maintain
May well be past itís usage
But Iím sure it will remain
So look once again at the angry water now
As far as the eye can see
Then think of a reason why an Artist
Would choose a s a subject
The Old Lady of Southend on Sea


Dennis Shrubshall 17th June 2018

janhedger
Administrator



United Kingdom

4301 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2018 :  03:55:12  Show Profile  Visit janhedger's Homepage  Send janhedger an AOL message Send janhedger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hold on to your pier Southend! It has history as Dennis has succintly and poetically reminded us here.
Jan

We cannot stop, because if a single one of these men were taken and shot, that would be our fault - Edith Cavell
http://www.janscreativewriting.co.uk/ -updated Aug 17 - with new poems/photo's - video interviews - see PowerPoint slide shows, audio files & my books.
Go to Top of Page
  Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
Flows Forum for Poems and Stories © 2005-2011 FlowForAll.org Go To Top Of Page
Snitz Forums 2000