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Christmas Cancelled

Rod Butterworth, Rochdale I’m not having the family this Christmas, They must go to some other address! I could have them for criminal damage Last year’s was a...

The Rover

Ada Hawson, aged 11 years (1932) Far out on the distant line, Where heaven and sea are one A fairy ship with sails out-spread Sails into the setting...

Poems for Art’s Sake

Peter Jones, Oswaldtwistle Poetry, they say, is a dying art. Most poets don’t arrive until they depart. But I just cannot contemplate Having as long as that to...

Timescale in Golcar

Mike Smith (Rev), Huddersfield I’ve only three score years and ten A passing visitor on earth, and then... Dawridings was the chapel’s place So called in eigtheen-thirty five...

Pendle Witches

Dennis Hartley, Nelson She dwelt in the Forest of Pendle A woman of four score year, She was accused of practising witchcraft An indictment that would cost her...

The Shack

Patricia Preece, Preston A crumbled shack sits on a hill Half tumbled, half alive! Dressed stones scattered on the ground Covered in frost and snow where they lie. Sheep...

Wedding Day

Peter Jones, Oswaldtwistle Outside the church, the street is bare. No creature stirs, there’s no-one there. But, very soon, it comes alive, The wedding guests start to arrive. First...

My Dog

Jennie Tarr, Oldham The one who listens when I talk The one who cheers my lonely walk The one who nuzzles me when I cry The one who...

Hip Hooray

John Scott, Blackpool My left foot was sideways I banged into shop doors On going to the bedroom I was reduced to all fours Along came the surgeon To cure...

The Posy

Rod Butterworth, Rochdale The little boy was only four And picking flowers with the girl next door And Tommy called her Josie, A passing women said to Tom, “Girls...

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