We know an underfunded NHS is creaking
So I did wonder a bit what I would find,
When having to be rushed into hospital
But it wasn’t the main thing on my mind.
For I was in severe agony and worrying
Just what was causing my intense pain,
But on being met by an emergency doctor
I got a reassured confidence back again.
For I was soon to be looked after very well
And treated in a valued and dignified way,
Which embraced all involvements from staff
Not seemingly to falter or even sway,
From a totally caring, committed approach
And camaraderie gallows humour for events,
Testing, saddening and shredding stout hearts
But never diminished any of their intents.
Thus as I considered this new world for me
For I had never been in hospital before,
I was impressed by positivity and hard work
Of various team grades giving all and more,
That could be reasonably asked of them now
With staff shortages and pressure of work,
From budget cuts and paltry wage rises
Grating on levels of duty they do not shirk.
So let us not treat our NHS with impunity
Or overuse the services unless we have to,
For these overcrowded committed areas
Normally have more than enough to do.
Therefore we must do our very level best
And stay sensible and use common sense,
To be healthy and look after ourselves
So pressure on NHS is not so immense.
Where have all my years gone
And can I please get them back?
I promise that I won’t waste them
For I never let sad times stack
Up too highly in my world,
In those years of mine now past.
And I nearly always enjoyed myself
I guess why time went so fast.
So where have those years gone
Along with so many great days?
For I can still vividly remember
The songs and music that plays,
Like a magical memory jukebox
Rewinding much love and fun,
As they bring back situations
Where all was said and done.
Oh I can recall so many people
Sadly though some have gone,
Though their days are remembered
When they danced and faces shone,
From disco lights and silhouettes
Or maybe it was too much drink.
But that was in the distant past
Which makes me stop to think,
Just where have my years gone?
For it doesn’t seem that long,
When my features were pristine
Like some newly written song.
Now as I look very fondly back
Over all those years I’ve had,
And people met and places seen
With more happier days than sad,
I feel my lifetime has stretched
Across many a stunning sunset,
But I hope for more to come
As I’m not ready to go just yet!
There we are then lol I’m not ready to go anywhere near yet, and an amusing side on that is I have been told by the “Sisters Twister” I’m even more direct since coming out of hospital, (really, direct me?), so lol Foxtrotting Oscar and short jerky movements springs to mind, or is it chicken steps? Kidding mostly BUT there IS a fairly direct poem in Book 12 called “Nudged Awake”, so get your orders in for my new book now and get a discount!
I mentioned a bit last blog of me doing 3 gigs in four days just before Christmas, and all went well, but a special mention for the great guys at Disability Trust on Christmas Eve, Eve, where as usual we never stopped laughing, GREAT stuff!
Just as an aside the weather recently as I’m sure you know, has been terrible with wind and rain as of now, so the start of another poem for book 12 “And Still the Wind” =
And Still the Wind
But that is a classic contradiction
For the wind is never still or calm,
With unpredictable times and power
Apart from motions of a wind farm.
For wind can exist as a pleasant breeze
Or unleash gale force gusts of power,
Which can cause untold damage and ruin
If it should continue for hour after hour,
That on frightening occasions is the case
With trees uprooted, chaos and lives lost.
For with severe hurricanes and storms
We can often only just count the cost.
JOKE TIME –
* I just recently bought a telescope, but it was well over £1,000! Think they must have seen me coming?
*My mate has a cat with only 3 legs, blind in one eye and deaf and answers to the name of Lucky!
*I’ve just heard that bees only hum because they have forgotten the words….
* And also, bees are extremely naughty as just won’t behive themselves at all?
Moving swiftly on then with a promised Ted & Beth poem that’s in their very own book “Tea For Two” only £6.99, (excellent for kids of ALL ages) and with FORTY poems on them and their animal friends, this one is called “Ted & Beth’s Fishing Trip”
Ted and Beth’s Fishing Trip
Ted decided that he would go fishing
As his plan to sail a boat had failed,
Because he and Beth had got worried
And as the tide was out hadn’t sailed.
So now Ted is taking a reluctant Beth
To go and hopefully catch some fish,
But Beth isn’t too enthralled with the idea
As it’s not exactly what she would wish,
Spending time on a cold, wet river bank
While an enthusiastic Ted casts out his line.
For as usual he is all confident and sure,
But Beth’s mood is not too sublime.
Especially when Ted give an angry shout
As he gets his line caught up in a tree,
Because although he brags and swaggers
It so often goes very wrong you’ll see,
For now he can’t free his his tangled line
However hard he pulls at it and tugs.
So he is angrily forced to give it up
Muttering teddy words as he shrugs.
So Beth says its best that they go home
But Ted won’t hear of any such wish,
Saying he has got many other fishing lines
And will not go until catching some fish,
So the determined, cross look on his face
Fills our Beth with frustration and worry,
As she knows he might now stay all night
If he doesn’t get a fish catching flurry.
Now unusually for them they start to argue
And Beth’s patience is getting much shorter,
Until with an anguished and startled shout
Ted slips and falls into the muddy water,
Initially sending Beth into laughing hysterics
Seeing him soaking wet, with an angry frown,
But then her laughter turns into worried fear
As she panics her Ted could drown!
But Beth’s helping paw aids Ted to get out
Although a much sadder and wiser bear,
Who is learning another painful lesson
About cockiness and him taking more care.
So unhappily our bears traipse off home
With Ted still in quite a little teddy strop,
But Beth knows just how to cheer him up
And buys fish and chips from a shop!
More news, and good at that too, for I have had a nice little burst of selling my books, particularly one kind lady who has bought six already, some for friends, and possibly buying some more, and all because she particularly liked one of my earlier book covers! Mmmm I just wonder what book that was?
OH, I meant to say earlier after The Bears poem that I have just had updated, by the brilliant Sharon of Olive Design, new leaflets with all my eleven (lol soon to be 12) book titles on it, yeah nice one, or actually two. Hopefully the leaflets are in the photos that always follow the blog, techno allowing?
Nearly done and as usual my BIG THANKS to you all for being there, still growing in numbers, so yeah CHEERS gang and I hope 2023 is good to you all.
Very apt little thought as lol afterthoughts before the end poem = 1) Saying sorry, 2) Changing your mind, 3) Denial or 4) Fabreze?
Last poem time then and as per now a “Romance” one we all Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrve, C’mon you know you do, would, wish for or lol deny, so from my 7th book, (list at end), published in 2019 for observers and date checkers, you KNOW who you are ha haa hahahahahahahahahaahaaahhaaaa
If our bodies feel cold we shiver
Or perhaps have a nervous thought,
Because our systems are very sensitive
And emotive reactions can be caught.
So knowing cold weather can affect us
We need to always wrap up warm,
To protect ourselves from feeling
Any draft from an icy storm.
We must also try hard to guard
Against those moments of unease,
If discomfort or fearful reactions
Our nerve ends they don’t please,
Such as in those stressful situations
That make our body feel a strain,
Which our learning process teaches
Not to get into again.
But there is another kind of shiver
And that is one of pure delight,
Which comes over me completely
If I kiss or hold you tight.
Especially when you tell me
You are having nice shivers too,
That you say is all down to me
And the little things I do.
Which of course brings us alive
And makes our heartbeats sing,
So we then welcome those shivers
And all the ecstasy they bring.
With great thanks from me, Ted & Beth and all their animal friends, goodbye for now as –
The Journey Continues BACK IN the SADDLE…
Cheers, Love and Light,
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