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ChrisGeorge
11-17-2007, 11:17 AM
Mersey Mersey Me

Mum, you have asked that I cast
your ashes in the River Mersey,
the muddy Mersey I see broil
behind as you stand windblown
on the Pier Head landing stage,
Seacombe ferry surging to nudge
giant tires with a rubbery kiss
as sailors tie the ferry up,
the muddy Mersey that flowed
down the bottom of our road,
at Otterspool prom: expanse
of sun-glinting gooey flats
at low tide decorated with
ditched pram, kiddie's bike:
scene I painted in the Sixties,
that hung in your living room, til
I gave it to grass-high friends.
Mersey Mersey me, I think of
you as I attend a Ripper event
in a big white marquee beside
the Liverpool Cricket Club:
rain clouds sweeping in from
the distant Welsh hills, over
the Mersey's whitecapped waves,
past the benign cream stucco
walls of Battlecrease House,
where lived James Maybrick,
who may have been the Ripper,
Mersey Mersey me, I think of
you as I scatter your ashes.

Christopher T. George

lindylou
11-17-2007, 12:03 PM
Excellent Chris. I like that :handclap:

Steven
11-17-2007, 12:27 PM
A lovely piece Chris.:handclap:

ChrisGeorge
11-17-2007, 12:30 PM
Thank you, Steven and Lindy.

Chris

gregs dad
11-17-2007, 01:22 PM
( For those born before 1940)
We were born before television,before penicillin,polio shots,frozen foods Xerox,contact lenses,videos and the pill.We were before radar,credit cards,split atoms,laser beams and ball-point pens,before dishwashers,tumble driers,electric blankets,air conditioners,drip-dry clothes...and before man walked on the moon.
We got married first and then lived together (how quaint can you be?). We thought fast food was what you ate in Lent,a `Big Mac`was an oversized raincoat and `crumpet`we had for tea.We existed before house-husbands,computer dating and `sheltered accommodation`was where you waited for a bus.
We were before day care centres,group homes and disposable nappies.We never heard of FM radio,tape decks,artificial hearts,word processors,or young men wearing ear rings. For us`time sharing`meant togetherness, a chip was a piece of wood or fried potato, `hardware`meant nuts and bolts and software wasn`t a word.
Before 1940 `Made in Japan`meant junk, the term`making out`referred to how you did on your exams,`stud` was something that fastened a collar to a shirt and going `all the way`meant staying on a double decker bus to the terminus.
In our day,cigarette smoking was `fashionable`,`grass` was mown,`coke`was kept in the coalhouse,a`joint`wasa piece of meat you ate on sundays.`Rock music` was a fond mother`s lullaby,`Eldorado`was an ice cream, a `gay person` was the life and soul of the party, while `aids`just meant beauty treatment or help for someone in trouble.
We who were born before 1940 must be a hardy lot when you thinkof the way in which the world has changed and the adjustments we have had to make.No wonder there is a generation gap today...BUT

By the grace God..... we have survived!

gregs dad
my flickr site ;www.flickr.com/photos/exacta2a

Steven
11-17-2007, 02:00 PM
Very well expressed greg's dad. You brought back a few memories for me.:PDT11

Steven
11-17-2007, 06:10 PM
Can I ask you Chris for permission to send this to some friends ? All credits to you and just between my friends and family.

ChrisGeorge
11-17-2007, 06:14 PM
Hi Steven

No problem whatsoever. You have my permission to sent my poem to friends and family. Thanks for asking, mate. :PDT11

Chris

chippie
11-18-2007, 12:52 AM
Chris your poem was great. I have had my dad scattered in the Mersey too just as he wanted to be. He never was a landlubber and to think of him coming and going out with the tide reflects his love for the sea.

Gre,gs dad, smashing post there mate, and you,ve got a great flickr site there too. It,s not the first time I,ve seen it. Keep the photos coming mate.

ChrisGeorge
11-18-2007, 02:57 AM
Thanks, greg's dad and chippie. Mum's not dead yet but she recently expressed a wish to have her ashes scattered in the Mersey which got me thinking about the matter. . .

Chris

chippie
11-18-2007, 01:16 PM
Oh I,m sorry Chris, no offence mate.

When I wanted mine doing I just asked the girl on the desk at the ticket office and she sent word to the captain and he said he would stop for two minutes in the middle, which he did. I said a few words, like half a sermon, and away we went. great stuff

Steven
11-18-2007, 01:27 PM
A bit of credit where it is due for Chris. He gave me permission to send Mersey Mersey me off to my friends and relatives abroad.
I have had e-mails from NYC, Toronto, B.C. Boston, and Honolulu. All full of praise for his beautiful words.

ChrisGeorge
11-18-2007, 01:32 PM
Oh I,m sorry Chris, no offence mate.

When I wanted mine doing I just asked the girl on the desk at the ticket office and she sent word to the captain and he said he would stop for two minutes in the middle, which he did. I said a few words, like half a sermon, and away we went. great stuff

Thanks, Chippie. So this was on the Seacombe Ferry is that right? Thanks for clarifying.

Chris

ChrisGeorge
11-18-2007, 01:34 PM
A bit of credit where it is due for Chris. He gave me permission to send Mersey Mersey me off to my friends and relatives abroad.
I have had e-mails from NYC, Toronto, B.C. Boston, and Honolulu. All full of praise for his beautiful words.

Thank you, Steven. I'm pleased that my words touched some folk. :PDT11

Chris

chippie
11-19-2007, 12:43 PM
Yes Chris, the Seacombe Ferry it was.

Ged
11-19-2007, 01:08 PM
Great contributions Chris and Greg's Dad - great that was.

ChrisGeorge
11-19-2007, 01:33 PM
Thanks, Ged.

Chris

lindylou
11-19-2007, 02:47 PM
Chris, now that it's been mentioned by the others, I would like to send your poem to my aunty in Australia, if that's ok with you. :)

Steven
11-19-2007, 03:00 PM
Chris, now that it's been mentioned by the others, I would like to send your poem to my aunty in Australia, if that's ok with you. :)


I am Steven - Not the others !!! That is Rude.

lindylou
11-19-2007, 03:10 PM
sorry Steven, I got a bit jumbled up with yours, Chippie's and Greg's posts :PDT_Xtremez_42: ... I thought it was more than one member asking Chris for permission.

I just went to re-read the posts :)

Steven
11-19-2007, 03:16 PM
sorry Steven, I got a bit jumbled up with yours, Chippie's and Greg's posts :PDT_Xtremez_42: ... I thought it was more than one member asking Chris for permission.

I just went to re-read the posts :)


No probs ! Luve yer loads really XXX:PDT_Aliboronz_11:

ChrisGeorge
11-19-2007, 03:27 PM
Chris, now that it's been mentioned by the others, I would like to send your poem to my aunty in Australia, if that's ok with you. :)

Go for it, Lindy. Glad you like the poem and I hope your aunty will too. Besides, I like being famous. :PDT_Aliboronz_24: :unibrow:

Chris

gregs dad
11-22-2007, 06:52 PM
(This poem,written for his wife,was found after Malcom`s death)

Goodbye my love,
shed not one tear for me,
The life we lived,the love we shared,
was blessed for eternity.

Be strong my love.
We live on yet
within the hearts of those we have created,
though flesh be turned to dust.

Take heart my love,
What we found good and just
we gave our sons and they content
with what they learned.

Bear up my love.
The passing phase was good,
the time,the hours were precious,
blessed with your company.

We kiss my love
as we have daily done
through the years,this time flesh
next time in spirit.

Not long to wait my love
till this brief span be over.
Then we resume the mating of the spirit
in paradise, I wait content .

gregs dad