A very busy week

A very busy week

My next door neighbour, Big Mo Spencer,
works part-time at the Metro Centre.
She wears a cap, and looks quite hard,
I think she’s called a security guard.

Although she’s tough, she can be nice,
and people ask her for advice,
like how to get to C&A,
and can they leave their car all day?

One busy day in hot July,
she saw a boy, come walking by,
not once, but more like fifteen times
and Mo picked up the warning signs.

She went across and asked the lad,
“What’s happened to your mam and dad?
… you can’t be here all on your own?”
The boy said, “I’m with Aunty Joan…
… or maybe, it was Uncle Ray..
..not sure who’s meant to have me today..”

“… On Sundays, I belong to Gran,
and sleep in a big white caravan.
Weekdays, I’m in nursery school,
till half past three, and that’s the rule!”

“After that, my mam’s the boss,
but Fridays, it’s my Uncle Ross
who keeps me, cause my mam works late,
at somewhere called The Jingling Gate.”

“On Thursdays, next door neighbour Kath,
lets us use her big posh bath,
but when it gets to eight o’clock,
her boyfriend comes, so we push off.”

“..And then we wait a while at home,
until it’s time for Aunty Joan
to take us to the burger bar
in her big old rusty car.”

“..I have to be in many places,
I can’t always put names to faces,
so I’d be very grateful, Miss,
just tell me please, what day is this?”

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We grown-ups moan about our busy lives all the time, but we rarely think what we put our kids through as well.

I’m a self-taught artist from the North of England and I like to inject a bit of humour wherever possible, whether it’s in my writing (see my poems), or my artwork.
Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments on any pieces you like.

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  • Brunoboy
    Brunoboyalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent. Where do you get them all from?

  • Thanks Bruno. Some are just jokes I’ve collected over the years and put them into a rhyming format. This one was just an idea I had when hearing about my son’s friends busy lives, and thinking how different it all was when I was a child and had to make my own entertainment!

    – Margaret Sanderson

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 5 years ago

    Nice one Margaret !!!
    I forget what day it is, but put it down to my age ! Lol :-))

  • Thanks George. I get those senior moments too!

    – Margaret Sanderson

    BLYTHARTalmost 5 years ago

    I can imagine Victoria Wood singing this :)

  • Yes, I see what you mean!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • waddleudo
    waddleudoover 2 years ago

    This is excellent on many levels! I am also a writer – but poetry takes a special skill set that I lack. I write short stories. Well, I do have one haiku – does that count?
    Again, this has so much depth, a moral, interesting characters! You don’t disappoint – as some writers of poetry do – (giving up substance for a cheap rhyme). Bravo, Margaret!
    You are a multi-talent for certain!
    Cordially, Ellen

  • Haiku is not something I’m familiar with, but from a quick referral to wikipedia, I gather it’s more about forming pictures and feelings from each line? I used to collect interesting stories and jokes and then attempt to put them to rhyme. Since I began drawing and painting, the poetry has taken a back seat, but I hope to re-visit it sometime in the future. Thank you so much Ellen for your lovely comments. They are much appreciated.

    – Margaret Sanderson

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