Watching the Ripples Radiate.
Author: marshalg

Chapter 21
Bleak Day at the Bridge

Bleak Day at the Bridge


The gales always blow from the West here
Howl in from the coast at a pace,
Girls gather their skirts
And they glare at the flirts
Who whistle at flashes of lace.
The waves are lashing the shoreline,
The clouds horizontally scud,
The lightning bolts
Cause electrical faults
And the roads are awash with the mud.
The workmen are out in the downpour
The signs and the barriers are up,
They curse as they dig
‘Cos the day’s a real pig
And the overseers’s dry in the hut.
The coppers are out on the crossroads
Directing the vehicle flow,
The stop lights are out
And the idiot’s flout
All the road rules they usually know.
The black sky is hosing like thunder
The wet tarmac reflects  all the glow
Of the myriad lights
And pedestrian flights
As they sprint to get out of the flow.
The brollies are flying like bat wings
The gutters are all abrim
And the footwears as wet
As it can possibly get
And this jacket’s as chilly as sin.
The local’s doing a great trade
They are all calling in for a beer,
‘cos his welcoming ways
And the hearth has a blaze,
And the place fair exudes friendly cheer.
The street lights are all coming on now
The wet has let up for a while
It’s time to head home
For a hot bath & foam
And some dinner with her by the fire.
Mangere Bridge
1 January 2008


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