Oct 19 2017

A Gatherer of Time by Alec Trivass

 

 

an horologe aggregator, who lives in widnes town,

gathered to him lots of clocks, bought for just a shilling down.

steadily he added to his clock accumulation

but was never satisfied with his clock aggregation.

 

 

he’s quite a jolly fellow who will help you if he can

and if you share his love of cocks, then shoneybum’s your man.

one word of caution, though, he’s not as bald as people think

he’ll patiently explain to you, his hair’s just turning pink!

 

 

his passion is for granddad clocks that stand against the wall

and grandma clocks, devoid of frocks, stand naked in his hall.

his other clocks were relegated to his upstairs loft,

which is where i found the timepiece to grace my humble croft.

 

 

thirty years it’s ticked away, as it did in days of yore,

screwed up on my chimney breast, and is always keeping score

by counting out the minutes and then the hours of my days

and telling me to not waste time in all my pointless ways.

 

 

if you need a chronometer of some antiquity

you should hurry round to shoneybum’s, as there is sure to be

a clock to suit your purse and taste, of intricate design.

dial oh one five, one four two four, and then nine one eight nine.

 

 

tell him that you spoke to me and that i told you to call.

he’ll ask you round to show you the timepieces in his hall.

if you do decide to call him up on the telephone

please don’t call him shoneybum, you should call him mister shone.

 

 

 

 

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Oct 15 2017

Thomas Green and Sisters Chester Clocks

Chester Courant-21st. December 1779

Watch and clock trade.- THOMAS GREEN and SISTERS of Nantwich, beg leave to return their sincere thanks to their late father’s friends and the public for the favours he received during his long continuance  in the watch and clock trade, and humbly inform them, that the business will be continued at the same place as usual, for the benefit of the family, by the assistance of an approved good workman who has long had a principal share in the executive part of the business under the late MR.GREEN. All orders of every branch in the clock and watch way, will be gratefully received and executed with the greatest care, punctuality and despatch.

Gold rings, other plate etc. as usual. The stock of millinery goods and china, to be sold at prime cost, or under,

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Oct 08 2017

Fish Leftovers

 

 

a catalogue of ichthyes and many other creatures!

can you categorize and itemize all of their features?

 

which of us would have known you knew so much of things piscean?

as drawn on ancient pottery, both greek and mycenaean.

 

 

can you pigeonhole and classify, or register and scoop

all the myriad members of this paraphyletic group,

and otherwise enumerate, systematize and so list

all the creatures of the deep, or only those which you have fished.

 

 

should you not also mention sponges, molluscs, even corals

ere putting down your pen to rest contented on your laurels?

cite the beauty of the mermaid, as she’s singing on the rocks,

a siren to seduce you, as sly and cunning as a fox.

 

 

there are shoals of fishy beings to log, and schools of ocean life

that wait for you to tabulate, in their teaming numbers, rife.

your encyclopedic knowledge would add much to the story.

register, record, index, file, then archive inventory.

 

 

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Oct 04 2017

How Many Flies a Tail by Alec Trivass

how many flies to a tail?
well a horse has a big tail for shifting flies,
but that’s not what i mean now, is it?
so how many flies to a tail?
(well of course it’s a long tale, so listen carefully, or you’ll miss it!)

 

a chit-chat is a lizard that lives on walls
in bedrooms and bathrooms, lavatories and halls.
but a chit-chat is a lizard that lives on flies
that he catches by the dozen and if he doesn’t, he dies.

 

some weeks ago i bought a chinese hat
and i hung it on the wall just to catch the eyes.
now, underneath that hat lives an old chit-chat
hiding and waiting for his feast of juicy flies.

 

well, i caught that chit-chat by his tail,
and his tail came away in my hand.
when i saw what i’d done, i turned quite pale
and told him i was sorry and hoped he’d understand.

 

but, to a chit-chat, there’s nothing to it
for when he loses a tail, he starts to renew it,
which, i suppose, is the proper way to do it.
(i’d do it myself, if i could go thru’ it.)

 

as his tail grew he ate more flies
and he fairly cleared the house of the breed,
and, as his tail grew i tried to surmise
just how many flies does one tail need?

 

how many flies to a tail?
how many sighs make a gale?
well he ate them fast and furiously
big and small, and, curiously,……..

 

 

it’s not a very long tail
for such a very long tale
full of twists and tension
but it was worth a mention in this email.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 30 2017

Vice Versa by Alec Trivas

 

 

my vice isn’t nice

but my versa’s worser.

to be very concise

i’m a devoted curser.

 

 

my words are bluer

than all of yours were, sir.

but words from the sewer

would provoke the amercer

 

 

so i’ll simply say

in words that are terser

that i’ve never been gay

so my vice isn’t versa

 

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Sep 26 2017

LIVERPOOL

city with two cathedrals
a city with two football teams
a city of opposites.

a city of great beauty
a city of once ugly streets
a city of opposites

a city of great freedoms
a city built on slavery
a city of opposites.

a city of individuals
a city of sectarianism
a city of opposites.

a city of the common man
a city of culture
a city of opposites

this city of opposites comes together in adversity and thrives
this city unites for a common goal and is strong
this city makes its own rules and lives by them.
this city does its own thing. it listens to its own heart.
this city is a tiger.
this city is liverpool
this tiger can wear what it pleases

Who are we to argue ?

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Sep 21 2017

Water Clock By Thomas Cromer, Chester

A water clock or clepsydra was one apparatus by means of which time was measured. This method was in force from a very remote early period and necessitated a perfectly uniform flow of water. An ornamental form of clock consisted of a base containing a cistern into which water flowed and surmounted by a column marked off vertically at regular distances with the hours of the day. At the side of the column was an opening in the top of the cistern, though which a figure secured to a float and holding a rod, pointed to the hours one by one as it was lifted by the rising water. Another form has a circular dial and was not dissimilar in outward appearance to what are known as ” Grandfather Clocks “

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Sep 18 2017

Additional Fish by Alec Trivass

 

 

a catalogue of ichthyes and many other creatures!

can you categorize and itemize all of their features?

 

which of us would have known you knew so much of things piscean?

as drawn on ancient pottery, both greek and mycenaean.

 

 

can you pigeonhole and classify, or register and scoop

all the myriad members of this paraphyletic group,

and otherwise enumerate, systematize and so list

all the creatures of the deep, or only those which you have fished.

 

 

should you not also mention sponges, molluscs, even corals

ere putting down your pen to rest contented on your laurels?

cite the beauty of the mermaid, as she’s singing on the rocks,

a siren to seduce you, as sly and cunning as a fox.

 

 

there are shoals of fishy beings to log, and schools of ocean life

that wait for you to tabulate, in their teaming numbers, rife.

your encyclopedic knowledge would add much to the story.

register, record, index, file, then archive inventory.

 

 

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Sep 16 2017

T.M.Bennett Jnr. and P.Ellis Brass & Bell Foundry, Chester Including Clock Parts

Chester Courant 11th December 1792

 

Brass and Bell foundry, where they  manufacture  in a superior manner, all kinds of brass work for cotton machines of all description, complete suits  of clock-work approved brass movements, clock-bells cast from the best London patterns, steel pinions ,wrougt work and clock weights for eight day clocks and thirty hour ditto, large brass cog wheels ,steps, bushes etc.for mills and engines; electric conductors with wind dials. Braziers  may be supplied with all  their copper castings.

Bells of all dimensions not exceeding 400 pounds weight, also house and dinner bells of all sizes. All orders left at P.Ellis’s Ironmongers , Eastgate Street, Chester or at the Foundry at Boughton will meet due attention.

The full value for all old metals , at either of the above places

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Sep 12 2017

Of John and Liverpool Docks

 

 

the hulk of a crane
the spider’s web tracery of girders against a pre-dawn sky.
the swell of the waves
their gentle lapping against the pier.
the forlornness of a seagull’s cry.
the mournful sounds of a ferryboat; the hooting of a tug,
come floating- ghostlike-with the sea mist,
which now is vanishing as the sun’s first rays finally show
and bring warm colours. grey is dismissed.

 

the silence is going.
the world once again comes to life as movement stirs the peace.
soon, ticking like clocks with vibrant energy,
sleep is brushed from tired eyes
and work begins again down at liverpool’s docks.

 

john sits in his car,
the dulcet throb of his twin exhausts permeates the aura of placidity
that still survives the onset of morning.
thru’ the dockyard gates he roars,
anxious not to be late,
to be in time for the mocking chime
of his office clock; the clock
that watches and stipulates
the duration he must stay… in his office…
….the coffin that he hates.

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