The…Central London, England.
Mr. Happy at a pub in London.
I asked for a taster of an ale and then, having liked it, asked and was served two pints of the same sampled cask ale.
Nice brew. Spey Valley IPA at 4.6 per abv., with a malty start and then the hops kicked in with abandon. A very fine brew. Please, don’t blame them!
The initial exchange was less than cordial, a disapproving grunt at best.
So. Mr Happy. Why are you so out of sorts?
<The verbal bits imagined as the barman was unable to speak!>
Well. Let me tell you.
As if you will listen?
First. You want a free taster. And then. Having had that. You expect me to pour two full pints.
And then you expect change from a tenner.
And then you expect me to be cordial after all those demands!
You people are beyond belief!
You fuckin’ foreigners!
Make my life miserable, or what?
Thanks so much!
“Love you too!”
Obviously, a pic would give it away!
I turn into the garden freshened by morning rain
Inhale a damp, earthy smell.
Photographer with tripod blocks the path to the right.
I go left
Discover old chap rooting out last year’s rot and freshly sprouted weeds.
Dandelions. Burdock. Stink grass.
His brow beads heavily with sweat.
He grunts as he flicks a dog turd at an unsuspecting pooch.
Casts an admonishing glance at the owner. I move on.
Bees are buzzing
Hovering over intoxicating purple spring wonders
Crocuses, flowering plants of the iris family
I take the mandatory picture
Of all things purple.
For a friend, Mary(notcontrary)
Noting to send later.
I shuffle to where a crowd has gathered
Watching a painter
Capture with deft brush strokes
What they too will grab with the swift
Push of a cell phone button.
Tai Chi is in full swing too.
Quiet movements of fluidity…
A child points in the direction of the garden cafe
Screams bloody blue murder
I want ice cream. Chocolate.
Not Neopolitan! Puts his foot down hard, grinding it in the gravel.
Kicks a stone into touch but is
Ignored by his parents who
Search for a particular shade of red rose not yet bloomed.
Or perhaps a way out?
I find a quiet place to meditate
Let the next lot of garden lovers
Have the path to themselves.
Free to observe
What I may have missed.
Congratulations on the poem. Words as painting. A lovely evocation of pictures in a garden.
Julian Mulock, artist and illustrator, reacts to the poem.
The White Swan, Twickenham, is a fine pub with excellent food and superb cask ales. It overlooks the River Thames.
Twickenham Fine Ales brews this most delicious cask ale.
The Naked Ladies are located in the gardens of York House, Twickenham, London, England, the history of which is detailed further down the page.
Victoria Embankment Gardens in central London celebrates the sesquicentennial with plantings of the Canada 150 tulip – white leaves and red flames echoing the maple leaf flag.
Aerial view of London
St. George’s Dragon
Bollards and taxis
St. Paul’s Cathedral is always stunning no matter the angle of the shot or the time of day.
Please join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 6:30 PM for St. George’s Day festivities at the Granite Brewery Restaurant!
Join us for St. George’s Day festivities in support of charity on Saturday, April 22rd at 6:30 PM at the Granite Brewery and Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto. Celebrate all things English with co-hosts Maz Brereton and Robert Hughey and guest speaker Nick Pashley. Door prizes, silent auction, plus a live auction with auctioneer Julian Mulock.
In honour of the 150th Birthday of Canada join Nick at the podium and bring your ‘England to Canada’ story, in words, song, pictures or mementos. The event features a delicious four course gourmet dinner with four matching fresh Ontario cask ales.
Please show your support for England and Canada and raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Tickets are now on sale and you can buy them by calling 416 462 3788 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
$70 per person (taxes and with partial tax receipt included)
This event organized by CASK! Toronto, which has helped raise over $20,000 for charity over the last few years! Sign up and buy your tickets now.
Hope to see you there!