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Into the lane –
come wind, impetuous rain.
Trees are now a threat,
gesturing wildly, angry,
promising to snap,
eager to pounce,
to crush in an embrace
of leaf and crusty bark.

The village fête, though,
is like the show:
it must go on,
it must go on.
It’s fixed in time,
it’s preordained.

Brave souls
staff the stalls and serve,
to raise the funds
to fix the roof.

Spattered souls – pulling
their cardigans closed, tugging
their knitted hats further down their heads –
bravely measure out the day
in collected coinage
dropped into biscuit tins:
the target must be reached.

Cricket’s off – rain stopped play;
back to the crease another day.
But the ladies of the Guild
fête the thinning punters
with bric-a-brac and homemades,
with orange juice and lemonade.

It’s a parallel world –
the other one’s not here today.
This is all there is.
For this day only,
this is our fête.

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  1. Date: 12/5/2012 4:07:00 PM
    Welcome to Poetry Soup Andrew, you'll find a friendly group of folks here! One heck of an entry write there. Please do enter my contests, direction are in my blog. Light & Love

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/6/2012 2:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Debbie. I'll certainly look in on contests to see if anything takes my fancy. I'm feeling my way around at the moment, having written stuff in 70s and got back into it (in a small way) over past few weeks.
  1. Date: 12/4/2012 12:46:00 PM
    Good image. makes me feel as if I am in a game. I had fun reading a few of your poems ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 12/3/2012 11:05:00 AM
    New day tomorrow ..... mostly works out. - One very good poem Andrew. -oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/4/2012 9:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi, Anne Thanks for your kind comment. Much appreciated. Andrew John
  1. Date: 12/3/2012 7:35:00 AM
    A very nice write here. Light & Love

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/4/2012 9:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi, Debbie Kind of you to comment. All very much appreciated. Best wishes Andrew John