Sharville Christmas NewsPoem 2017
I'm on the beach. It's time to contemplate
Events and highlights of the year soon gone.
Life's changed for both of us - I shall relate
In lines that follow what's been going on.
Our cultural life seems to determine when
And where we go when we are not with Vera.
And blessed are we that friends, time and again,
Are keen to help, and make sure someone's near her.
And so I'll take a quick look through the year.
My uncle's funeral was the first thing
At Countisbury's tiny church. It's here
Mum's family's graves are, where the skylarks sing.
We had a trip to Cornwall, seeing friends,
And our first visit to the beach this year.
The sea's power to enrich, I find, extends
Beyond just what I touch, or see, or hear.
I had a major birthday – yes, an O –
But three score years is far more than I feel...
Some of my oldest friends from long ago
Joined new ones, with me, for a lovely meal.
We went to London (from our home address)
To see the Paul Nash artworks exhibition.
It's easy on the National Express
To do a day trip for a special mission.
We saw her in "Der Rosenkavalier"
Transmitted to the cinema - but still
Enjoyed it almost as if we were there
To see it live - it really was a thrill!
We've seen the Magic Flute, live, and projected,
And hope to catch more operas this way.
And local chamber music reconnected
Me with my "God-sister" - a happy day.
The great National Orchestra of Wales
Entice us to go home regularly.
Their standard of performance never fails
To move and thrill us – how lucky are we?
Our holidays this year have both been cruising.
We only planned on one - but as you'll see,
Another came our way; you try refusing
A cruise with David Gower, if you're me!
Between the cruises was the cricket season;
A little different from the usual fare,
The Women's World Cup being the main reason -
And what a treat. I know, 'cause I was there -
Though sadly not at Lord's. (But this last match
Had both of us enthralled on TMS).
And poised with camera, I was thrilled to catch
Some wickets – hope you're suitably impressed!
We saw some summer fireworks by the sea -
The championships in Plymouth, something Mum
Had long expressed an interest in. And we
Enjoyed them very much – so glad we'd come.
A local paper tempted us to take
A trip to Roscoff, and some time together.
We loved the Ile de Batz, and we shall make
Another trip there – but in better weather.
The cricketers were great – it was a pleasure
To meet and speak with them, and hear their tales.
We made some memories that we will treasure.
And cruising for a break? It never fails!
So it's goodbye to twenty seventeen.
A mixed year in so many ways, I know
But let's all take the good that we have seen
Into the coming year, so love can grow.
So now we wish each one, our lovely friends
And family, a joyful Christmastide
And all you wish yourself, as this year ends.
And more than this, may all in peace abide.