A Tuesday night in The Union Pub.

Willy, Gareth, Ian, George, and me,

Like members of an aging rock group,

Settling down, convivially, to discuss

Our imminent, sold out, comeback tour.

A manly hug as we reached the door,

And we felt a glow of friendship,

Like bathing in the summer sun.

We drank our Yorkshire bitter

And relived all the fun!

Refought all the battles

To make sure that we had won!


We dusted off our memories

For a helter-skelter fairground ride

Of flashing lights and swirling beer,

To have lived all this, gives a sense of pride!

Rolling back the long-gone years.

Suddenly we were back there again,

When we were boys not stocky, grey men!

These treats are just stored, lads,

They’re archived, not gone.

A few beers and reminiscence!


it's a tonic available to everyone!

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John Botterill

Sun 13th Nov 2022 19:03

Thanks for the like Frederick and thanks for the appreciative comment, Holden. It means so much, 👍😎

Holden Moncrieff

Sun 13th Nov 2022 00:08

A wonderful, heart-warming poem, John! I really loved the lines
"Refought all the battles
To make sure that we had won!" 😎

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John Botterill

Sat 12th Nov 2022 09:40

Thanks for the likes Uilleam, Julie and Helene. It was a good night, Julie from the bits I remember haha. And, come to think of it Helene, Gareth and Willy both have the look of aging Vikings. That does explain things somewhat Cheers! 😂
we should have a Writeoutloud shindig. Whaddyathink? 😁

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julie callaghan

Fri 11th Nov 2022 19:50

Sounds like a great night. 😁

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Fri 11th Nov 2022 17:43

Reminds me of the annual visit of the Norwegian supporters branch of our local footy team.
Hadn't seen them for three years because of the covid crap. They turned up the other day.
What did the Vikings ever do for us? They drank the pub dry that's what! Not one of them under 6 ft!

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John Botterill

Thu 10th Nov 2022 19:08

Thanks Stephen. It was a great evening. Strangely, I couldn't remember any details for the poem . I know that I laughed a lot! 😂

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 10th Nov 2022 17:30

A lovely poem on enduring friendship, John. Make sure you all keep in touch - it's important.

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