People Watching

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a window seat provides a view

for people-watching types like me

who haven't got much else to do

than nosey-hole while drinking tea

or coffee, if I'm at the shops,

for no trip out can be complete

without one of my routine stops

for observations of the street

from Costa or another chain

to spy as people come and go

before I leave to catch the train,

and eye-ball shoppers I don't know

who come in every shape and size

young and old, they are quite a sight, 

some glued to phones and eating pies, 

with lumps and bumps and pants too tight

I must admit to being obsessed

with mankind's rich variety

I yearn to be like all the rest:

the people with more life than me

◄ Tragedy

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 4th Feb 2017 20:39

The Old Swan pub & Costa next corner in Liverpool have a dozen windows from were you can watch stuff from 2 feet away...?

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alan barlow

Fri 3rd Feb 2017 23:30

firstly, I quite like the flow of this for the most part, it reads well and paints a picture of both the general public and of yourself

secondly, sincerest congratulations on your rise to fame, to which end I hope it doesn't go to your head and you become a diva as a result ?

fourthly, I used to enjoy people watching when there was at least some variety to it/"them", now watching the general public is like picking a wound...painful, but you just cant help it.

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Paul Waring

Sun 29th Jan 2017 21:56

Thanks Ray for your comment and for congratulating me about POTW. It was a quite a surprise, but a very pleasant one!

I know exactly what you mean about people watching, I couldn't agree more. The poem certainly does not convey my own feelings about what our poor eyes have to witness in everyday life! I, too, find myself drawn back to past times that seemed more interesting... (I could go on..!)


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Sun 29th Jan 2017 19:36

I used to be an avid watcher of people; although honestly now I feel as I want to peel back the present and reveal the more interesting past - a symptom of going into reverse perhaps. When I do watch closely it has a habit of repeating on me - a bit like the grub in Costa and the like. Congratulations on winning POW . I hope it gives you a warm glow. It did that for me!


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Paul Waring

Wed 25th Jan 2017 21:48

Absolutely John, what could be better! Thanks for reading this and for commenting. Paul

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John Coopey

Wed 25th Jan 2017 20:52

This is what shopping is about, Paul. Our Gert in M&S and me in Costa reading a book.

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Paul Waring

Wed 25th Jan 2017 14:17

Thanks Tom, you are very right!

Thanks again Jeff, enjoy the people watching but, most of all, have a great time together.


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Wed 25th Jan 2017 13:09

Paul- left London yesterday now in Middle East....tomorrow Africa....people watching all the way!.... Jeff....

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Tom Doolan

Wed 25th Jan 2017 13:05

All the world's a stage ;)

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Paul Waring

Wed 25th Jan 2017 11:32

Thanks Raj, good observations, not to mention ear-wigging, curtain twitching, the weird and wonderful zoo of life! ?

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Raj Ferds

Wed 25th Jan 2017 10:06

Train Spotting
Window shopping
People Watching
Nose Picking
Thumb Sucking

All part of life's rich tapestry Paul. Th human animal never fails to educate and entertain.


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Paul Waring

Wed 25th Jan 2017 09:01

Thanks Jeff and Col for reading and commenting.

Jeff, I agree (and are you currently in London and is this the trip you've been looking forward to....just guessing!)

Col, thanks again, you really digest everything, then offer such insights and suggestions - you have the mind of a detective and the eyes of a (word) surgeon!? BTW, I wrote this imagining a man or a lady constantly 'nosey-holing' out of windows, looking for something to distract them from their mundane existence. Of course, you'd never catch me doing that......?

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Wed 25th Jan 2017 08:37

is people watching as enjoyable today as in days gone by? I think verse five sums up my locale / predicament - I'd rather turn away! And is it such a rich diversity when all and sundry have become homogenised blobs? I get your point tho and as Jeff says, there are probably better places to people watch than others, it's a case of picking the right spot or café. But now I'm sounding like a voyeur!

I'm not sure I agree with your last line but I can see where you're coming from although the man in the pic looks neatly attired and quite at peace with himself. Dare I say, enjoying his solitude. Ha! won't go back to that discussion lol.

like art galleries - watching the people watchers watching me watching people - art? what art? life imitating what?

now I'm waffling with extra toppings.
Cheers Paul.

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Wed 25th Jan 2017 07:55

I'm a fan too, & London is just a great place for it.....Jeff....

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