Poems by David MacKenzie and Barry Peskin

THE INDICATOR BOARD AT GOLDERS GREEN The indicator board At Golders Green Station Is really pretty useless When it comes to information On the route the train will take to reach Its final destination. Are we going via Charing Cross Or via Bank Station?

THE INDICATOR BOARD

AT GOLDERS GREEN

The indicator board

At Golders Green Station


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Is really pretty useless

When it comes to information

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On the route the train will take to reach

Its final destination.

Are we going via Charing Cross

Or via Bank Station?

The only way to know for sure

Is read the indication

On the front of the train

As it pulls in to the station.

And then you find the board is wrong!

There's just no explanation.

So all that's left for you to do

Is give in to temptation

And jump about and scream and shout

And yell in sheer frustration

At the indicator board

At Golders Green Station.

DAVID MACkenzie

Child's Hill, NW2

tHE 'ing of life

Birds singing

Pierrecourt living

Friends arriving

Friends returning

Family sharing

Love making

Jam preserving

Vegetable digging

Scrabble playing

Dogs barking

Donkey braying

Tractors working

Swallows diving

Cock crowing

Rodent sighting

Restaurant booking

Garden eating

Neighbours waving

Market shopping

White van coming

Michel dying

French speaking

Eyes dimming

Tears brimming

Pierrecourt leaving

The birds still singing

BARRY PESKIN

(written on leaving, for the last time, an adored cottage in France, much enjoyed from 1989-2006.)

This and other poems by Barry Peskin appear in Left to Me, his memories of a life lin local politics

q You can submit an original poem by writing to Poetry Corner, Ham&High Series, 100a Avenue Road, Hampstead NW3 3HF, or send it by email to letters@hamhigh.co.uk.

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