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Local Lines : The Loddon’s up

May 11th, 2020Local Lines : The Loddon’s up

James Baillie lives in Glenlyon and runs a business called 'The Arthritis Man'. He has been writing rhythm and rhyme as a hobby since age 11.

The big four banks have shut their squiffy eyes

to the fates of people they robbed with such aplomb.

Though whitewash covers their criminal enterprise,

we see their faults and know where they’re coming from.

Here in Glenlyon, the only banks are the Loddon’s.

What a relief, to sit here watching the water,

at peace with the flow of time and feeling unmodern

in the nakedly open ancientness of nature.

Capitalism dies broke, but what’s being born?

Maybe a global dictatorship this time,

a communism emerging out of the storm

of shut-downs and fears and making freedom a crime.

A source of satirical humour for decades to come,

our time is a time of not-so-funny limits,

but here by the Loddon, the tune the river hums

uplifts me by the spirit of nature in it.

Mushrooms are popping up like little moons.

We’ll hear the frogs’ quaint choirs in the night.

The trees will sweep the clouds with leafy brooms.

In nature, every autumn turns out right.

Now’s the time to visit the Falls, where the rain

has forced the flow to dash and splash at the rocks.

Negative ions fill the air again

and the thrill of it all is enough to warm your socks.

As ever, the world is rorted by stupid men

who favour, not love, but power to have their way.

They come and go and come and go, but then

they disappear by the Loddon. Hip hooray!

James Baillie

James Baillie lives in Glenlyon and runs a business called ‘The Arthritis Man’. He has been writing rhythm and rhyme as a hobby since age 11.

Poems for Local Lines come predominantly from a group of poets. However, other locals who would like a poem considered for publication can contact Bill Wootton – cottlesbreedge@gmail.com



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