Sharville Christmas Newspoem 2013
It's Autumn, so there's one thing must be done -
Compile this year's NewsPoem for your delight.
I'm struggling; inspiration there is none.
The remedy for that? Get on and write!
So now we've listed everywhere we've been,
So much we've done, so many people met!
So many fascinating places seen,
Experiences that we will not forget.
You found us last year fresh back from our trip
Down Under to New Zealand - what a place!
And one year on, we regularly dip
Into the memories, and our steps re-trace.
We've had a year of mostly joy and gladness -
Our Silver Wedding happened in July.
But then a Shetland friend's death brought great sadness -
How cruel that one so full of life should die.
July saw some more travelling around
Because it was a quarter century
Since we got hitched. To treat ourselves, we found
The perfect place in southern Brittany.
We also found, right off the beaten track,
Both Wales and England's highest waterfall.
And though pronunciation skills we lack
To say its name, it was the best of all!
We've been to some theatrical tear-jerkers,
And operas, films, gigs, concerts, comedy:
June Tabor with both Oyster Band and Quercus,
And much to mark Britten's centenary.
The Zombies thrilled at Pontypridd Arts Centre,
And Duckworth Lewis Bristol's George's Hall.
The Underground's one-five-o birthday meant a
Weekend in London Spamelot and all.
For more than thirty years, Ruth's sole employment
Was with DWP (DHSS)
At times fulfilling, and with much enjoyment,
But latterly with tedium and stress.
So rather than let such malaise affect her,
She changed her job, returning to assessing -
The job she loved. Now in the Private Sector,
Despite a pay cut, she's sure it's a blessing.
And six months down the line, she's not regretting
Abandoning the office for the road.
The new job has its niggles, but she's getting
To grips with the demands of her work load.
Ruth's brother had a major operation
And all is well. For Mum's birthday he flew
To Devon to see her - a visitation
About which Vera truly nothing knew!
And Adrian continues trying to master
His skills on the computer. He will look
At sites on space or natural disaster
And even sometimes check his own Facebook!
On Christmas Day, Ruth heads, with Flash, to Mum's,
But Adrian's movements on his shifts depend.
He'll join us when he can. Then Richard comes
To visit from the States, for the year's end.
Facebook is good, but we're not into tweeting.
That is our sparrows' job - they do it best.
Instead we'll leave you with this Christmas greeting:
"With health and joy may you and yours be blessed."