The Past, Unstuck

The Past, Unstuck

The rain keeps on coming, so hard and fast
Just how long is it going to last
Can’t go out, as I’ll end up quite wet
Perhaps I’ll read a book, or just surf the net

My decision is made, I’ll tidy some drawers
Maybe flick round the duster and mop the hard floors
Something that’s useful can surely be done
While waiting in hope for that illusive sun

I’ll make a start on the drawer down at the end
It’s so full of clutter and broken stuff to mend
Odds and sods and loads of old junk
Rammed in so tight, that the bottom has sunk

It won’t pull right out; it’s somehow got stuck
Caught up with too much detritus and muck
My fingers just don’t reach quite far enough back
I think I need to change my plan of attack

A screwdriver might work, it’s long and thin
If I could just shove the flat end right in
Aha, that’s done it, the drawer pulled right out
But it’s spilled all its contents around and about

I then realised what had caused it to block
And my face lit up with great joy and shock
My black Transistor Radio, how did that get there
I thought it was long lost, I knew not when or where

I picked it up quickly, fearing it could be bust
But no, it was perfect, just needed a dust
My little black Tranny was a gift from my Mum
A special Christmas present, back in 1971

Two batteries still in, when I opened the back
As I popped in two new ones, memories came flooding back
I held my breath, as I turned the ‘on’ switch
et Voilà, Radio 2 came to life in perfect pitch

I relived my Mum smiling, “Happy Christmas” she said
In that moment I remembered tears of joy that I’d shed
Over 47 years now and it’s still going strong
Who’d have thought it would have lasted this long

Never again will it be pushed to the back of a drawer
It’s going to be listened to like it was before
It may sound a bit tinny and sometimes resonate
I don’t care that it’s old fashioned and way out of date

So, on days when it rains, and I’m stuck here indoors
You won’t find me doing any domestic chores
I’ll be sat with my feet up and my Tranny on full blast
Remembering my Mum and youthful days from my past

©️Karen Stoker 12/08/19

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Kes
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I love to write the odd poem when inspired by some event or happening in my own life or that of my family and friends. I usually just write poems for my own pleasure, but I have enjoyed sharing a few of my efforts on Silversurfers and have received some wonderful comments from the community. My pastimes include Rugby Union; I follow Leicester Tigers. I call myself a 'Hobby Colourist' and enjoy the work of the inky black and white artist Johanna Basford, and I also enjoy photography, in a very amature pastime kind of way.

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DianeT3
16th Aug 2019
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Life and what happens to us...that’s what we write about, and you do it beautifully. Xxxx
Silversurfer9
15th Aug 2019
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So pleased that you’ve found, relief from the rain
I do believe singing is good for the brain
But don’t do it loudly, or there may be tears
And neighbours next door, with hands over ears
MrsPat
14th Aug 2019
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Wonderful poem and perfect with today's weather
Kes
15th Aug 2019
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Thank you very much for reading and enjoying my poem. Much appreciated.
PaulineT57
14th Aug 2019
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Great poem Kes! I too write poetry and have just joined Silversurfers so i may submit one myself.
Kes
15th Aug 2019
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Thanks very much Pauline. I look forward to reading your poems here.
cornish piskie
14th Aug 2019
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Brilliant poem Karen..xx
Kes
14th Aug 2019
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Thank you so much.
MarjiT
14th Aug 2019
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Love a bit of nostalgia...
Kes
14th Aug 2019
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Thank you for your response Marji, me too.
Pat Noon
14th Aug 2019
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A beautiful poem Kes,and what a wonderful find,its given me that bit of a push to go and sought out my loft,tomorrow.
Having a grandchildren free day today I've made a Victoria sandwich to have after my shepherds pie, (no calories at all).
Brilliant poem xx
Kes
14th Aug 2019
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Thank you very much Pat. Having a clear out can be really therapeutic. Be careful in your loft. I hope you have a fruitful rummage. Dinner sounds good.
IreneB49
14th Aug 2019
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Hi Karen. I too love writing poems. It seems to help with pent up feelings. I have two grand daughter with life limiting conditions and I ve written several poems about them.
Kes
14th Aug 2019
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When the mood takes, poetry can be uplifting. Keep writing Irene.
SusanneJ5
14th Aug 2019
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Kes
14th Aug 2019
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Thanks very much Susanne.
Pat Ball
14th Aug 2019
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Brilliant poem Karen. Made me smile in this wet dull day xx
Kes
14th Aug 2019
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I appreciate your comment Patty, thank you. Glad it made you smile. I’m still smiling at my find.
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Great poem Karen ... every cloud has a silver lining! 🙂
Kes
14th Aug 2019
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Too true. Thanks very much Sally, and thanks for sharing it on FB. I’ve had some lovely reactions.
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You are very welcome Karen ... seemed very fitting for this soggy day! 🙂

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