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A Scallywag

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Merely an old man who has lived plenty and now has an overloaded wheelbarrow to empty... sometimes I tip it into a short story and others I tip into poetry... occasionally I write books.[Had a couple printed] my hobbies are walking, kayaking and cycling. I like to write under the name: - A Scallywag


THE CORNER……. Hopewood Street / Scotland Road; A junction to remember Especially if you plied there for work, which I did one November. The year was 61, I’d reached eighteen the day before Now old enough to go on that stand, I hurried there for sure. It had been the topic of the older lads whose work-ethic was a page Casual work was ‘the norm’ of the day; the main way to earn a wage. Most hauliers –when short- would send there for extra men Shipwrights and warehouse staff had their own stands – Dockers had their Pen A wagon trundles up, it’s driver gives a call… …’Want five on the back boys!’ That starts a free-for-all. Finally a count of seven, each with a firm grip Also knowing two must be kicked off before they finish the trip. ‘Only want five you-know!’ Says the driver trying to be fair ‘You just carry on my man!’ Someone shouts. ‘There’ll only be five when you get there!’ A regular sight, such a fight, on the back of a wagon trundling Scotty road With dockers and other workers just glad it wasn’t their mode A push, a shove, the belt or kick, all methods of attack The strong and stealthy end up with a job… … the unfortunates hobble back My first try lasted 2 hundred yards before landing at a point-bobbies feet His arms shot out to stop the flow, but what he said was a treat ‘Get up and hurry back lad, There’ll be more to come today!’ I got up and stared at his face, he winked, I smiled then got on my way. Never forgot that bobby, nor that first time; they’re embedded in my mind Work is a necessity, and policemen should be kind But most of all I learnt every day is but a test Try to be kind, to everyone and you’ll turn out as one of the best! A scallywag

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