Post-weekend Poetry 134: A Country House by Tim French

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and thirty-fourth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Tim French.

A Country House

Old mansion 182699No more fires shall crackle

in that grate

No more balls will roll

across the baize

No more ales might

our thirsts slake

Another country house

has closed to public gaze


No more skittles can topple

in the lounge

No more laughs should

our car-boot jokes raise

No more titbits may

old Lucky scrounge

Another country house

has closed to public gaze


I asked Tim what prompted this piece and he said…

The poem is an elegy for the demise of the licensed trade, particularly in rural areas, which has accelerated over recent years.

A sad reflection indeed. Thank you, Tim.

Born, living and working in Northampton, England, Tim has had a number of pieces published in the small press down the years.

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