Saturday, 24 August 2019

Five Hundred Trains a Day

500 trains a day or so it seemed
From smoky places cased in grime
Disgorging suits and frocks and kids
Excited at the sight of sand
Wakes weeks and bank holidays
A time for fun, a break from toil

With cases bulging, bags and spades
They crammed the prom and trod the piers
The tower looked down on all the glee
With fish and chips and pots of tea
Deck chair stripes flap in the sun
Built sandcastles, oh such fun

Out by 9 and back by 5 the B&B oh what a dive
Pleasure beach and then a tram
Lunch was only bread and jam
Wasps and flies and crunchy sand
Dads lost the plot and so has mam
Sun went in and now the rain
Time to go and catch the train

24 August 2019

Inspired by the headlines today that major railways lines will be closed over the Bank Holiday weekend causing untold disruption and heartache. Can you imagine the effect that would have had on Blackpool in its heyday, with over 500 trains a day visiting the resort in the 30's?

Friday, 21 June 2019

The Longest Day

The Longest Day
How can that be
They are all the same I’m sure
A day’s a day’s a day
Twenty four hours today
Just like yesterday
And tomorrow, just a day

The longest day
How can that be
More daylight or more night
It’s just a day like any day
As long as all the days
The longest day is just a day
Like all the other six

Inspired and written on the longest day

21st June 2019

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The Snowman's Gone

There he stood all white and mighty
Made from snow that fell and fell
Round and portly overfed
With, a rather too small head
Covered with a battered hat
A Panama that’s rather worn
A hat because the sun is warm
Hotter than it used to be
Hot enough to cook a nose
A parsnip or a carrot
Coal for eyes he smokes a pipe
Contributing to his own demise
His eyes are leaking teardrops fall
Drops the drops that will not stop
It’s getting warm, the end is nigh
First the drips and then the flood
Two black blobs, a burnt out pipe
A carrot overcooked
A puddle where there once stood might
The Snowman's all but gone
No more Snowmen, no more World
Save the Snowman save the world
Time to act, the time has come
To save the Snowman and the World

Inspired by the appointment of the 2019 Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and his poem “Last Snowman”


Thursday, 14 February 2019

A Symbol of Love

Crimson curved and folded fronds 
Of winded wafts and scented smells
The rose is charm and love
And grace to celebrate
The sands of time that pass away
Petals brown and wither there
To drop from heaven to the ground
The scent does linger like our love
The crimson curving heart like thing
Will last just long enough as life
The rose a symbol of our love

Inspired by a reading of William Blake’s The Sick Rose on BBC Radio 4 In Our Time, see below. It was the words Crimson Joy that triggered the inspiration.


Used as a Valentine card verse 2019


The Sick Rose 

O Rose thou art sick. 
The invisible worm, 
That flies in the night 
In the howling storm: 

Has found out thy bed 
Of crimson joy: 
And his dark secret love 
Does thy life destroy.

BY William Blake

Thursday, 4 October 2018


Today, Thursday 4 October 2018, is National Poetry Day and the theme is Change.

National Poetry Day #nationalpoetryday is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.

National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. The Day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Royal Mail and leading literary and cultural organisations, alongside booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools.

To celebrate #nationalpoetryday I am promoting the ebook versions of the two poetry books I published on Blurb in 2014 and 2017. My objective is to demonstrate that If I can write poetry anyone can. I failed English Language O-Level four times and was diagnosed as dyslexic in my 60's when I had to write a dissertation for my BA Fine Arts degree. I have since gone on to do an MA and a PhD. It was during the writing of my MA dissertation that I started writing poetry, I am not sure why maybe it was the first time I had been totally immersed in the process of writing. The books included nostalgic reflections and reference to the inspiration behind each poem. There are also interesting and quirky snapshots to illustrate the themes.

The ebooks are priced at about £6 on the Blurb website 50% of which I shall donate to the Alzheimers Society. Please make an old man happy and help a good cause by buying both books, click the links below...

Remembering - Poetry and nostalgic thoughts 

Remembering More - More poems and nostalgic thoughts 

Thursday, 29 March 2018

We’ve been together now for 50 years

We’ve been together now for 50 years
And it don’t seem a day too long so the song says
I remember the day when you blew me away
I won’t say it was love at first sight 
But something stirred deep down inside
The shortness of hair and the cute cheeky face
Were the features that captured my eye
It was something inside that captured my heart
Something inside that’s hard to define
Something we call je ne sais quoi
Something you know but which you can’t see
We’ve had our ups and we’ve had our downs 
Counted the pennies scrimped and saved
Three beautiful children with families we love
I look at your face and still love what I see
You are the best thing that ever happened to me 

For Irene in memory of our 50th Wedding Anniversary on 29th March 2018 I love you.

Alistair J Parker
29the March 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Together is the place to be

Together is the place to be
Love is such a strange old think
From pounding heart and breathless glee
To knowing look and wistful gaze
We know how love it used to be
And how it has become
A feeling deep inside your heart
That’s strong and deep and true
There is no deeper kind of love
Than I have for you
My Valentine

Inspired by the occasion...

The verse in this year's card to my Valentine
14 February 2018