Sharville Christmas NewsPoem 2016
The last day of the cricket season means
It's time for Ruth to start on this year's news.
She's made a list. Its content clearly leans
Towards how much we loved our Iceland cruise!
But that was only one of this year's highs,
And more about these Ruth will duly tell.
It hasn't all been good – there's no surprise -
But on the whole the year treated us well.
We've been upset by all the great and good
Who've died this year: Prince and Victoria Wood,
And Rickman, Wogan, Bowie, and Ali
To name a few who mean something to me.
Retirement is hot news in Sharville-land,
As Adrian turned 65. As planned,
He's stopped his full-time work, and draws his pension,
But works odd shifts to ease financial tension.
This year our travels have been quite extensive.
We've had some great days out, and times away.
But Brexit's now meant Euros are expensive...
- We greeted the result with some dismay.
Now, as Ruth's writing this in random sections,
She's noticed that the rhyme scheme's gone to pot.
She hope you won't raise too many objections
And that you'll read it all, no matter what!
More islands we collected when we cruised
To Iceland, Faeroe, and some well-loved places.
Aboard M.V. "Magellan" we got used
To comfort, good food, and some friendly faces.
The trolls and elves live here – we were aware
That we should not upset them. We took care
To show respect for them and where they bide,
(This one's quick smoke soon gave away his hide!)
So next year we're off cruising to the Fjords
Paid for while both still working – the rewards
For all the efforts we have given employers
Across the years. No more will they annoy us!
But part-time work will keep us off the street.
Ruth needs a job to keep us in our cruises,
And Adrian still works – but shifts that meet
His own timetable – he works when he chooses.
Enough of all these ramblings. Time has come
To wish you, our dear Family and Friends,
A happy Christmas, and for everyone,
A peaceful Earth, and joy that never ends.