Monday 23 August 2010

Tickets Please

Time for another ride already? Goodness, how the days fly. Here are the details of the depot from which the Poetry Bus trundled this week. It's destination? Early morning, in various disguises, so I've manufactured two for the price of one... 

Sunday Morning, 1st Edition
I Like It

As dream turned to reality at sunrise yesterday,
which song was it, do you suppose, that I heard start to play?
Was it music of the spheres, melodious or merry?
No - it was a pop song by some fellow name of Gerry!
Gerry and the Pacemakers were singing in my mind,
complete with memory of words I thought I'd left behind.

"I like it, I like it!

I like the way you run
your fingers through my hair,
and I like the way you tickle my chin
and I like the way you let me come in
when your Mother ain't there,
your Mother ain't there!

So I had to go to YouTube and watch an ancient clip
of Gerry's actual pop group who'd made my mem'ry flip
by infiltrating through my dreams the instant I awoke -
I never would have guessed a 'lectric guitar playing bloke
would choose to haunt someone like me, a blogger, (name of Napple)
who's fond of many silly words with which she likes to grapple.

Sunday Morning, 2nd Edition

Thoughts On An An Empty Inbox

Once, morning smiled with messages;
now, it creeps into day, its face solemn.
Once, joy would illuminate my mind
as beloved's name greeted my eyes,
the bold black characters forging
a ferrous bond with my emotions.

But the screen remains silent too often.
No longer amongst the favoured few,
I wait for any chance snippet of comfort,
perhaps a sentence, to be tossed to me.
How do I explain the loss I feel
to one who gives it not a second thought?


  1. This is sombre but how I can relate to it . . . but maybe after all, you were speaking with tongue in cheek, which after all, is a most difficult thing to accomplish and even more for the listener to understand.

  2. . . . too much 'after all' . . .

  3. Well, I liked it.
    And tongue in cheek or not, you are still amongst my favourite few. And so is Jabblog, but Windows no longer lets me visit her. Stupid Windows!

  4. Jerry and the Pacemakers - Wow, memories. A good interesting video Penny. - Dave

  5. more reflection? on times past?
    the jolly Jinksy and the thoughtful Jinksy, all in one post. How very generous of you.

    Like Carolina, I say, you are amongst my favoured few. and shall be so until your well runs dry.
    Can't see that happening, so I'll have to put up with you for a bit longer, I suppose.

  6. I remember them. They connect me with good friends and good times, now sadly too far in the past, but thanks for bringing them back a while.

  7. pacemakers>>>>ddo they all have them installed in their hearts for heart monitors???????

  8. Isn't it amazing what you find on YOU TUBE. I cannot remember not being able to find a song, or film clip of anything I have searched for.

    You! and empty INBOX??? I cannot imagine such. Surely you jest.

    When you hear from me it is much a different time of day to you than me. It is early morning here right now 7:10 a.m.

  9. Enjoyed your 'I like it'. In fact...I like it.

  10. I love this question - to leave it hanging is a poem in itself;

    "As dream turned to reality at sunrise yesterday,
    which song was it, do you suppose, that I heard start to play?"

  11. jinksy! ahhh gerry - "ferry cross the mersey" is one of those iconic songs that defines the years of 1964 and 1965 for me. i visited liverpool in 1965 with my mum and my brother to get our paperwork to emigrate and the song has been associated with that experience ever since! steven

  12. Jinksy . . I think the link you left on Chicco's post for the Bus isn't working properly.

    It's well writ, but sad, coming from Jinksy.

  13. that second one is really touching and sad jinksy!! (and familiar)
    the first is a lovely joyful and perky one - I like it!

  14. How wonderful to see two sides. Thanks for sharing both. I wonder how long it took to get that song out of your head...

  15. Your new link from Chicco's is OK now, Jinksy.

  16. The second poem is very deceptive - it seems very simple on the surface but the phraseology and the questions are deep indeed!

  17. Can't Get Jerry and the pacemaker out of my head now Jinksy! And I've a habit of saying 'I likes it' when commenting on people's poems!

    The second one was unexpected and sad, but despite that I really liked it too.Hope it isn't true though!

  18. Those guys are wearing ties! It's always interesting to read the words of old popular songs. They always were a bit suggestive. Perhaps it was Mary Whitehouse who led us to believe it was a modern phenomenon.

  19. Dear Penny, beautiful sad poem! Thank you. I try to keep it with Robert Frost:
    "My sorrow, when she's here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane." and:
    "Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with."
    But when that doesn't work, I sing with Suzi Quatro:
    (just copy that link/ put in - cause I'm not able to post videos on posts, sorry - drives me wild!)

  20. Empty Inbox...mmmm...I Like it!Second one is very Poignant.
    Enjoyed your poems as usual..:)

  21. A great combination, Jinksy. Those sixties songs can't be kept down!

  22. I liked both of these, but the wistfulness of the second one puts it just ahead. Enjoyed the Napple/grapple rhyme too.

  23. Dear Penny: The British Invasion! Yeah! Adore Jerry and the Pacemakers and I can see why the song "I Like It" would be a golden earworm! You must have played these albums to worn press ruts on acetate (not plastic) 45's and LP record player. I did that too! I still love the oldies much better! Your poem how reiminescent of those days in the 60's. I dig anything British Invasion too! Your talent in rhyming is wonderful lyrical; set to song this poem just a smashing as Jerry's(and the Pacemakers). Did they have "Pacemakers" back then? Must have been a fairly new invention! Your second poem very sentimental and lovely!

  24. Yes, but some snippits I hear are not repeatable.If a question, I try to imagine answers, some creative.

    I agree this poem could find its way in to musical lyrics.


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