Monday, May 20, 2013

Canals and poems

trent & mersey canal bridge no 1 I've been asked by an interesting blog whether they can use my photo of a canal bridge to illustrate a poem.

The site's called Waterlines, and it's a blend of history and poetry about the UK's waterways network.

This is the photo. It's of Bridge No 1 on the Trent and Mersey Canal. The poem is, apparently, about this very bridge.  I've said yes, and I await the blog post with interest!

Meanwhile, here's something I wrote some time ago, when Jobbing Writer Morning AJ was known as the History Anorak......

What Masefield Missed

Painted narrow horse-boat with its polished butty
Climbing through the lock pounds, one by one
With a cargo of limestone
Iron waste, spelter
Carpets, vinegar
Or pure black coal.

Based on Cargoes by John Masefield


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Anne .. that's lovely - has the post been posted .. or are they like me - taking their time to get things down?

I love the extra take on Masefield - incredible to think of all the type of trade that went up and down canals ... pulled by those wonderful draft horses.

Cheers Hilary

Jenny Woolf said...

I used to love that poem when I was a kid, one of the things that was introduced to me at school. I am reading some of Masefield's short stories just now.