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Portlands Alley a Poem

Nell loves Poetry and sees a story in every day living. Whether it be an alleyway or something much more magical.

Portlands Alley Marlow  We lived here through the alley at the top end. There was a pub directly to the right, but we were the next house, number 55 which is now a shop.

Portlands Alley Marlow We lived here through the alley at the top end. There was a pub directly to the right, but we were the next house, number 55 which is now a shop.

Portland Alley

Portland Alley is a small alleyway in the town of Marlow Buckinghamshire. Every time I walk through it I get transported back in time to when I was a small child. We lived next door to the alley and my brother and I played games, laughed and chased each other in the glory of childhood.

We were cowboys and Indians, superheroes and athletes. The magic of imagination swept us up and placed it in our memories forever.

As I was walking back from the park today, I took a short cut through the alley and once again the memories hit me.

And this poem popped straight into my head.


Kids eating ice cream 1960's

Kids eating ice cream 1960's

Old Friend

Hi, old friend remember me,

And all the things we did?

From skipping ropes to climbing trees

Playing football, dirty knees

Sucking on lollypops till our faces were red

Seemed like years from morning till bed.

Kids holding hands 1960's

Kids holding hands 1960's

Sunlight flickered soft on walls,

Bricks hot to the touch,

Dirt in our pores.

Crazy days of fights and squabbles

Kicking up dust and falling on cobbles.

Then making up, and laughing,

Friends once more.

Till it was time to go indoors.

Playing Cowboys and Indians back in the 60s

Playing Cowboys and Indians back in the 60s

A cowboy and Indian covered in dirt,

Hunger pangs and sweaty thirst.

Hear a voice, a mothers plea,

'Oh please hurry up its time for tea.'

Twilight shadows follow footsteps

And darkness peeks from red brick walls

The day is ending, night has fallen

It's just an alleyway once more.

Until Tomorrow.....

Then home to watch TV. Kids 1960's

Then home to watch TV. Kids 1960's

All photos free to use/Pixabay

© 2019 Nell Rose

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