Let’s Do Something ‘Fantastic’ Today (Part IV of The Candletree Graves Poetry Sequence) by Paul Tristram

Catch the two shilling coach over to Southaven.
Stop for an hour at Highacre on the way,
I’ll take you in The Journeyman’s Knob
and treat you to a little spot of lunch.
We’ll have pigeon pie with tatties
and wash it down with blackberry wine
and a couple of tankards of nettle ale.
A day away from Wrathsea will do us good,
your Ma said she’ll happily have the children
and the ‘Field Work’ don’t start up ‘til the weekend.
We ain’t been off a-travelling since our courting days,
I’ll wear my best cap and waistcoat.
I’ve made cheese and spring onion doorsteps
and borrowed a flagon from The Loach until next pay.
Go well some water and wash the housework
from your tired face, my handsome girl.
Grab your pretty bonnet and shawl
and we’ll get out from under this roof for a time.
Besides, the talk going all ‘round the village
is that they’ve got two of ‘em Tantrum boys
locked in The Stocks in The Square over there,
and there’s to be a public whipping at 2 of the afternoon.
The best of it is that they were arrested
on mere rumour and reputation alone,
so they might even be innocent, this time…
now, there’s a juicy situation and predicament
that we’re not going to want to miss out on, my dear.

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Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world, he yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet. Buy his books ‘Scribblings Of A Madman’ (Lit Fest Press) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1943170096 ‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326241036 And a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326415204 You can also read his poems and stories here! http://paultristram.blogspot.co.uk/

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