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    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.


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    Excellent Chris. I like that

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    A lovely piece Chris.

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    Thank you, Steven and Lindy.

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    Thumbs up we are survivors

    ( 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!

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    Very well expressed greg's dad. You brought back a few memories for me.

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    Can I ask you Chris for permission to send this to some friends ? All credits to you and just between my friends and family.

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    Hi Steven

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

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    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.

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    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. . .

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    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chippie View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    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.

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    Yes Chris, the Seacombe Ferry it was.

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    Great contributions Chris and Greg's Dad - great that was.
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    Thanks, Ged.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    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.
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    sorry Steven, I got a bit jumbled up with yours, Chippie's and Greg's posts ... I thought it was more than one member asking Chris for permission.

    I just went to re-read the posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    sorry Steven, I got a bit jumbled up with yours, Chippie's and Greg's posts ... 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

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    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.

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    Default a life transfigured

    (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 .

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