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  River That Aches
by Steve Coltman
Friday, June 27, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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The river was the centre of the town's industry but that has all changed

Some cities have buildings, some cities have lakes

But this is a small town with a river that aches

Docks where the men worked once lined both the banks

Building the carriers for our naval ranks


The docks are now filled and houses erected

But evidence of the past is always detected

Street names and sculptures to remind the present

Ark Royal Way and Northumbria Crescent


The river flows by – remembering it all

Tug boats and ferries on this magical mall

Ships launched sideways too long otherwise

I wonder if a jet ski it does now despise


Children invited to witness the launch

Time out of school one happy school bunch

Another new ship is sent on its way

Proud sons of their father all having their say


My dad built that one, what about yours?

My dad built this one (with some help of course)

All so simple – the children don’t know

When they need a job, where will they go


So some cities have buildings, some cities have lakes

But this is a small town with a river that aches

The river that held not just frigates and boats

The river’s still there but gone are the hopes


27/06/08 © Steve Coltman


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Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/27/2008
Profoundy sad and yet many a port city has lost its mainstay, leaving the towns peopel to wonder where they will go...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/27/2008
well said
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 6/27/2008
Such a sad tale about how things are being destroyed by man or nature. It's hard to get back what is lost.

Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 6/27/2008
I think you could write an entire novel called "The River that Aches"--this is a vivid picture. I was born in New Orleans, visiting just once after I left at 3 months of age. Luckily, I visited the spring before Katrina. Good write, Steve. Eileen
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