The De La Warr Date

This very relevant poem was written by Claire Baldry … 

The De La Warr Date

He caught the train from Ashford,
Past Winchelsea and Rye
He watched the sheep graze in the fields,
The castle up on high

He wondered what she’d look like,
A last glimpse at her pic,
And as the train approached Bexhill
He felt a little sick

She waited on the platform,
Saw the train approach,
Watched him step out slowly from
The Southern Railway coach

He smiled a little falsely
They struggled up the slope,
A walk was planned together,
He hoped his legs would cope

They stepped out in the daylight,
She looked upon his face.
He seemed to have his own teeth still
And some grey hair in place

He told her of the discount
From his over sixties card
She wasn’t over friendly
Though she tried extremely hard

They walked to the Pavilion,
The sun shone on the sea
They felt the rays fall on their heads
And planned to order tea

There arose a sudden closeness
In the confines of the lift
A sudden upward journey
Which was over far too swift

She waited at the table while
He put the tray in place
She smiled her words of thank you
And he liked her pretty face

They talked of silver surfers
And the pains of dating sites,
Of lonely lives and future plans
Of exes and their rights

They visited the photos
And a room of modern arts
Didn’t understand them
But they opened up their hearts

They left the coast in darkness,
It was almost after eight
The time had passed so quickly,
It was getting rather late

They walked back to the railway,
I don’t know what was planned,
But as they reached the station,
I think he took her hand


Written by: Claire Baldry


Photo by: Sharon Webster

About the author

Claire Baldry
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Claire is a retired Headteacher who lives on the East Sussex coast. Claire is an established speaker, performance poet and writer. She has a strong following on You Tube and has been listed in the top 100 Poetry Rivals National Competition. Claire has published five booklets of poetry which have sold hundreds of copies. 'Simply Bexhill' was published in early June 2014, and 'Simply Christmas' in November 2014. Her third publication is a series of narrative poems entitled 'The De La Warr Date'. She more recently published 'Seaside and Sailaway', which includes a section of poems about holidays on cruise ships, and Simply Modern Life. Claire has published two full-length novels, the first called 'Different Genes'. and more recently 'My Daughter's Wedding'. Both are romantic stories about love in later life, combined with a gripping mystery. The books can be purchased through bookshops, Amazon or borrowed from any local library. Links can be found at .Claire and her husband were awarded the SE Diabetes UK Inspire Award in 2017 for innovative ways of fundraising.

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Marie Hindmarsh
5th May 2014
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Loved the poem I can imagine them wandering off into the sunset Don't think I would be game to use the dating sites either My daughter aged 48 uses them & hasn't met a descent man yet but plenty of no hopers who it seems tell lies about their age & use old photos of themselves. ?
3rd May 2014
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Well my experience of internet dating at 60 plus here in Nofolk is not good. Most of men are frankly ones i wouldnt have wanted when 40 and certainly dont now, Lots just want sex and little else, personally i wouldnt want another hour in their presence let alone sex , Im in quite good shape for my age, i cant say that about ,many of them. Frankly unless you are desperate i wouldnt bother,.
martin tucker
3rd May 2014
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A beautiful poem, reminds of the film "The railway man".A moving story of a chance meeting that develops into a beautiful relationship. Wish something good like this would come my way, thankyou.
Claire Baldry
3rd May 2014
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Thank you Martin. I wish you all the best.
Glenda Nicholls
3rd May 2014
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How lovely. If only online dating were this easy.
Linda Shaw
3rd May 2014
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Beautiful Claire, I met my partner in an online chat room, we talked online and on the phone over 4 days and then decided to meet. 8 weeks later I left everything I had known for 50 years to live with him. We are getting married on 26th September this year, 11 years to the day that I moved in with him x x x
Claire Baldry
3rd May 2014
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What a lovely response to my poem. I sincerely wish you every happiness for the future, and a wonderful day on 26th September.

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