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A poem about home

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1. Aughton

Start from the Cockbeck,

which changes names like a pantomime dame changes costume.

Smell the beer and homemade chips as you meander past.

Stop to pet Judgemental Cat, who emits a crackly meow,

ordering passers-by on the railway’s arching staircase

to love him,

and nuzzling the hands of his admirers.

Pass Town Green school, where children play on the wooden beams

the so-called “playground.”

It doesn’t compare to Cherry Tree Park.

See the girl amongst the raucous boys,

blonde ponytail flying as she runs free,

chasing a ball and big dreams

of becoming a football star.

Next week she’ll want to be an astronaut.

Watch the town disappear from the train window,

leave behind miles of fields, bicycles, quiet dirt roads.

See the house where you used to play,

jumping high on the trampoline, hand in hand with your best friend,

watching the trains.

The trains are taking people on a journey.

Wipe your eyes,

look away,

find somewhere new to call home.

 

 Start from the Cockbeck,

which changes names like a pantomime dame changes costume.

Smell the beer and homemade chips as you meander past.

Stop to pet Judgemental Cat, who emits a crackly meow,

ordering passers-by on the railway’s arching staircase

to love him,

and nuzzling the hands of his admirers.

Pass Town Green school, where children play on the wooden beams

the so-called “playground.”

It doesn’t compare to Cherry Tree Park.

See the girl amongst the raucous boys,

blonde ponytail flying as she runs free,

chasing a ball and big dreams

of becoming a football star.

Next week she’ll want to be an astronaut.

Watch the town disappear from the train window,

leave behind miles of fields, bicycles, quiet dirt roads.

See the house where you used to play,

jumping high on the trampoline, hand in hand with your best friend,

watching the trains.

The trains are taking people on a journey.

Wipe your eyes,

look away,

find somewhere new to call home.

 

 

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