Sharville Christmas NewsPoem 2021
I’m so late starting this – I don’t know why.
And where’s this last year gone? It’s seemed to fly
Despite how Covid 19’s clipped our wings
Reducing concerts, trips and such like things.
Not much is there to say till Spring, as we
Relied on Tesco for delivery
Of basic needs, until our first injection
In February offered some protection.
In April we our second jabs received –
I have to say we both felt so relieved.
We started booking days out - one of these
Was Tyntesfield, where the gardens always please.
The cricket season started, but without us,
No crowds allowed while Covid still about us.
But that would change, as will be demonstrated.
Meanwhile, we got the loft re-insulated.
The chaos reigned supreme – stuff needed shifting,
Involving ladders and some heavy lifting,
And, most of all, the need to find some space
For all of it. There was no hiding place!
It gave us a great chance to have a clear-out,
Though as I write we both are nowhere near out
Of the proverbial woods, but getting there;
Recall we met at a collectors’ fair…
Our first live cricket was a Test Match. All
Four days of it at Bristol; every ball.
The England Women’s team with India drew,
It was a good, absorbing match all through.
And at Stanley, St Anne's, I sang again.
They also played a piece I’d written, when
The parish had a major celebration.
Forty years on, I felt some trepidation.
But I need not have worried. It was played
With gusto, and was well received. I made
A promise to myself I’ll write some more
For organ, and St Anne's Choir, that’s for sure.
Our health has not been bad this year. We’ve coped
With lockdowns, testing, masks. But we had hoped
We’d make it to New Zealand for next Spring –
We now know we’ll be doing no such thing…
During one match we had a great surprise –
The air ambulance came down from the skies
And landed, to assist someone who needed
Help in a nearby house. (And they succeeded.)
Autumnal days out gave us walks with trees
And woods and lakes and sculptures. Some of these
I’m hoping will inspire me to create
Things which our outdoor space will decorate.
Meanwhile, indoors the chaos reigns supreme.
We’re having work done in the house. Our dream?
Fresh kitchen, new appliances, less stress,
Better design, less chance to make a mess!
For Adrian's “big” birthday (Seven-O)
We saw Tim Peake. His brilliant, one-man show
Was all about his time on the Space Station.
And he's a natural at presentation!
December needs its pretty lights and gladness
To help drive out all thoughts of gloom or sadness.
We so enjoyed Bute Park's illumination,
And hope to see Birmingham's decorations.
Covid’s still here. Of that we are aware,
But life goes on. We make sure we take care,
And hope that you do too. Our love to all
This Christmastide, whatever may befall.