Tees to Tyne: first impressions (Chants from Walkabouts - 17)
Poem 162 of 230: TEES TO TYNE: FIRST IMPRESSIONS - SUMMER 2001
(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF G MAJOR:
E3 F#1 F#1 E3 D2 E3 F#1 F#3
F#3 G1 G1 A3 B2 A3 G1 G3
D2 G2 A1 A3 B2 B2 A1 A3
F#2 G2 A3 B2 B2 A3 A2-G2 G3
D2 D2 F#2 F#2 F#2-G2 F#2 E1 E3
E2 E2 E2 E2 F#3 E2 D1 D3)
Where traditions are not so rare;
Works, country and sea scent the air;
A multitude of monuments,
Planted tubs and patterned pavements.
The longish pedestrian malls;
The remnants of defensive walls;
Historic buildings are a gauge
Of the respect for heritage.
Wheat, rape and pines in the fields;
Estuaries guarded by shields;
Long sandy beaches, and wide scenes;
Rivers, in parts, licked by trees,
Or fringed by boat clubs, wharfs, gantries,
And crossed by practical delights -
Varied spans, forming pleasing sights.
Fine churches - headed at Durham;
Football kits ad infinitum;
Kept castles - one for study;
Masonry behind masonry.
And, with moulding-works out that way,
It’s somewhere for a longer stay..?
(C) David Franks 2003