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bramble pie

      serendipity walks the streets of my memories
      long forgotten moments from my childhood past
      like looking through a mirror of faded glass

      cockeling in mud at backwaters of Poole quay
      making toffee apples
      fun days at the sea
      there were punch n Judy shows then
      johnny onion came to call
      he straddled onions on his bike then
      we went rabbiting across the moors

      though the nights were dark n dreary
      with candles for our beds
      there was speedway trips each Saturday
      wireless accumulators in our granfers shed

      the bunk man came to call
      when i didn't go to school
      every village had its idiot
      many folks liked to play the fool

      they rang the bell at school then
      we wrote upon our slates
      we often had the cane then
      for talking or being late

      we ate our sherbet dabs then
      played conkers and gave chase
      we were told to wash our hands then
      or germs would cause our fates

      i wore a cap to school with a satchel on my back
      i learnt the twelve times table
      to fold my arms and wait
      we went to the flicks to see tom mix
      gene autry and the rest
      though Roy rogers was my favorite
      long time before Georgie best

      though those golden days are gone now
      i remember the eleven plus test
      the school bus and the crest
      the ink wells and the smudges
      the playground where we froze
      in winters of severity
      our coughs and my dripping nose

      the summers they were long then
      the memories they slip by
      when i was just a boy at Poole
      eating bramble pie  


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