Friday, May 24, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 288 (C)

THE SEABEDDED HEARTS
AND SOULS
Like the ship, Titanic,
which sank from view,
in an earlier story
the Titan sank, too.

There've been lovers sailed -
and sailed apart -
both sure been left
with a rock-bottom heart.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 288 (B)

THE-HOLLYWOOD-HEROES-AND-
STARRY-OTHERS-IN-SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA
The famed, they filed
down Stardust Alley,
towards Glenside
and Saltburn Valley.

Though Stardust Alley
was not Stardust then,
just a rear cut
to Saltburn's glen.

A cobblestoned lane
joins a dirt track
from Glenside's front
to Albion Terrace's back.

The famed, they filed
down Stardust Alley,
towards Glenside
and Saltburn valley.

(This verse is better explained in 6 or 7
info sheets posted on this blog, I already having met with Tom
Fletcher, Pete Doherty and Paul McCartney)

SOARING AND SINKING
I see, girl, in your eyes
the blue of the sea and of the skies.
I'm off the ground, I'm off the land,
flying-but-drowning, understand.

CONTROL FREAKS
There is always someone
who loves to control
the bodies around them,
steal their very soul.
There is always someone
who'd rise to the top,
control the country and
give democracy the chop.

A FAT-CAT WOMAN
UP A TREE
The weekly sum
she spends on her cats,
many families live
on far less than that.

Her weekly pay
as a stuck-up MP
makes her a pussycat
near the top of the tree.

"BEAUTIFUL BUT GOODBYE"
Beautiful as is a butterfly,
yet with the sting of a bee.
To her I'd to say goodbye,
she sure wasn't the girl for me
with only her surface beauty.

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 288 (A)

HER LONGING LONESOME HEART
In London, it's Liverpool Street Station
for the girl's up North destination.
At the platform the train's just stood.
Sergeant Pepper's music plays in her head.
She hears his Lonely Heat's Club Band.
Another town seems like another land.
Love has gone away, city romance ends.
She heads for home and helpful friends.
Alone in the crowds, even with London lights,
it's back to a small town's starry nights.

APOLLO ATTENDED BY THE MUSES ?
I'm a-Mused, I'm be-Mused,
to the highest degrees
as to low-down politicians,
and to which I make no Apollo-gies !

NO MORE A MAGICAL AMOUR
There is not the magic
for her anymore
since her word-wizard
walked out the door.

Gone has the guy
who spoke into her eyes
while he caressed
so softly her thighs.

Gone now has the guy
who made her spirit rise.
Gone the girl's man
and his amour.

A LIFE-TIME'S FLOWER
were we really dying
from the time we are born,
we'd not grow to kiss life's rose
nor feel its cruel thorn.

A MORN MARE RIDE
The girl is out riding
this early morn
upon a white horse
she calls a unicorn.

A sea-breeze her gold-hair
is to blow
as she chases after
a fading rainbow.

Chase that dream,
go chase that dream,
upon a horse
white as icecream.

Chase that rainbow
across the sand
till you find yourself
in fairyland.

Chase that rainbow
but, girl, be aware
that fairyland, too,
has its nightmares.

Friday, April 12, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 287 (J)

FACT NOT FICTION
He'd build a rocket,
leave behind the EU.
Leave behind Britain,
the whole globe too.

He'd soar through space,
head for the stars.
Play Robinson Crusoe
up there on Mars.

Sick of the politicians,
of the lies and fake news.
Sick of the pollution
and of power's abuse,

yes build a rocket
he would, if he could.
So down on the ground
is his neighbourhood.

MAYTIME MAYOR
Who'll be our Mayor
elected in May ?
"We're sick of votes,"
the people say,
already worn down
by the PM May.

Monday, April 8, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 287 (I)

BRANSON PICKLE
Richard Branson,
don't an air-hostess tickle;
she might land you
in a damn pickle !

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 287 (H)

PARLIAMENTRY PANTALOONS
There's divide-and-conquer,
but no divide-and-rule.
You cannot rule division, find,
as now sees wise-man and fool !

THE MARCH MADNESS MAN ?
Mad as a March hare,
I'm one of the old-loons
who so-think April showers
shall one day be monsoons !

Monday, February 25, 2019

from MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP No. 128 the flyer/circular

From the flyer/circular:- Though Irish, Spike Milligan's parents were living in India when he was born, thus he said he was Indian. The comic became friend to Prince Charles. He voted Labour, though he'd fall out with the party at times, and fall out with the BBC for whom he worked. His manager, Norma Farnes, often visited a friend on Glenside, next door to me, and would sometimes bring Spike along for the ride. The comic was much concerned with pollution and overpopulation. He wrote both funny and serious verses, having a big fan in Joanna Lumley. Known for his collaboration with Peter Sellers in The Goon Show, he went onto his own tv series and wrote comical novels about his part in the war. He was an inspiration to the Monty Python's Flying Circus team whom I also met when there was a celebrity/star gig in Teesside, which I've mentioned more than once before. Eric Idle was over from where he was living in Bangkok. I was back from teaching English Language there, and in Pattaya, Thailand. The celebs arrived - from Middlesbrough in taxis, mini-buses, coaches - on Albion Terrace, throughout the day, and the next, filing down the alley at the rear, past my side-door on Glenside, some to go through the nearby wood to the seafront pubs, some to take the S-bank route. Cate Blanchet asked to use my toilet, but then decided most everyone else might want to! So she didn't. Later, in a tv interview, she joked the English live in alleyways! I'd earlier informed Tom Fletcher of McFly and Pete Doherty of The Libertines/Babyshambles that they, and any of their friends wishing to visit Saltburn, could use the alleyway, to avoid the town centre. Paul McCartney was already aware of my magazine Saltburn Scene. He'd received a copy on the Mull of Kintyre. David Bowie, Paul Simon and Clint Eastwood were amongst the last to arrive. Richard Branson, Simon Cowell and the Oasis brothers were amongst the first. Pere Waterman was surprised to learn from me that his old pal, Trev Teasdel, had lived for a time in Saltburn. I understand the landlady of The Queen public house has many photos of visiting celebs. Cheers mateys, Captain Mark