Westcliff (On Sea)

 

As a boy, Westcliff seemed like a foreign land,

A place of weekend fun, and frolics in the sand.

Later, he went there twice a month, for steak and sex:

For no other reason, whatever the season.

From their tiny window, they used to crane their necks

To see how pale, unsated passers-by

Would run towards the shelters to keep dry.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 30th Nov 2021 21:08

You are very kind, John. Twice a month - O God, I've given myself away! Seriously, it's true it's not that often, even if you don't like steak. Twice a week? That could be exhausting.

Thanks for the like, Tom.

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John Botterill

Mon 29th Nov 2021 20:29

Intriguing poem, Stephen. Why twice a month, I wonder? Enjoyed the subtle rhyme pattern. Thanks. John Botterill

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 28th Nov 2021 14:54

Thanks, KJ. I've been to Skeggy but will now have to put Cleggy on my list (if only for the chip butty).

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kJ Walker

Sun 28th Nov 2021 11:34

Sounds a nice place.
Especially with all that steak and sex going off.
Cleggy is much the same. Folk round here often nip there for a chip butty, and a bunk-up.

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 27th Nov 2021 16:22

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Greg, and thanks for your very kind comment. Who would else would have thought of a 'thumping' crook? (Not me).

Many thanks for your kind words, M.C.

Ray - as a very young boy, I just remember the steam trains on that Fenchurch Street line in the late 1950s. As I said, Westcliff (indeed anywhere on the Thames Estuary) was a big day out then. I can't pretend that I later visited for either of the other two reasons though! So pleased you enjoyed it.

And thanks for the likes, Holden, Rudyard, Keith, Stephen and Graham.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 27th Nov 2021 13:00

Style never goes out of style! Nicely done.

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raypool

Sat 27th Nov 2021 11:37

Poignant for me Stephen, as I went to visit my Nan who lived there in 1953. Steam train from Fenchurch Street and plenty of atmosphere. I remember trolleybuses too. I liked the vignette you present!

Ray

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Greg Freeman

Sat 27th Nov 2021 09:35

I enjoyed this, Stephen. Reminds me, a bit, of that Betjeman poem about the couple in the tea shop.

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