by Daniel   Dec 16, 2019

Did you love this city’s winter murk?
the fog settling on the river?
Your hands tucked into pockets,
your eyes a widened glimmer

Did you leave because the city
was full of frenzied gulls?
And were they just too hungry
Or were you just too full?

You told me you liked history,
so I led you to the port,
the ghosts of traders that came
to dock;
the church hollowed by the war.

You told me you liked the library,
near the gardens of St Johns,
and hours of Beatles tribute bands
though I never liked their songs.

Did you love the city’s summer warmth?
the sun setting on the river?
You leant upon the Chinese arch,
your words came out a stammer.


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  • 7 months ago

    by Ben Pickard

    It's your use of half rhyme that makes this excellent, Daniel. It means nothing sounds forced and all is subtle!

    Great stuff. Well done.

    • 7 months ago

      by Daniel

      Thank you Ben, MaryAnne! Always means a lot coming from you guys :)

  • 7 months ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    I liked the rhymes, as that's not something I see often in your poetry, and the way these lines were phrased as questions... there's such an easy flow, a yearning to reminisce and re-discover this person as you learn and walk around and within the city.


  • 7 months ago

    by ddavidd

    Now after this Liverpool mesmerizingly seems pulling

  • 7 months ago

    by Michael

    A nice tribute to your city Daniel and well written of course, M :)

    • 7 months ago

      by Daniel

      Thanks Michael, David. It’s a wonderful city :)

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