after quite some time

the red block capitals


not being weather proof enough

have worn away

as will this coastal path

by lifetimes of defiant rambling feet

of which some voluntary feet will return

to put right any unavoidable damage it has to be said.


Although having paid little heed of the unsociable warning

we nevertheless can still feel the unfriendliness of its words.


I wonder if at the time of their oil based application on plywood

what is was that possessed the the mean minded greedy land owner

no doubt selfishly smiling as he or one of his low paid lackeys

reached for placard,brush,paint,hammer and nails into thinking

without grace or manners or kindliness towards his fellow man?


could it possibly have been (and as ludicrous as it may sound) 

that he would arrive here one day to find his never used field had been stolen?

surely he must at least have had the sense to know that

there is no backpack in the world that a square mile of sod carpeted earth could  fit into

or countryside loving shoulders strong enough to carry such a weight if there had been!


(or even more ludicrous a thought)

that the repeated viewings by our beauty loving eyes

like the weathers inflictions on that notice board

would wear the scenery away? 

🌷 (5)

◄ yeah right!

in memory of a balked poem ►


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Jemima Jones

Wed 25th Oct 2017 16:46

Somehow, Rose, I knew those lines would make you laugh and what you say Patricia and Stefan regarding the struggles so many people have gone through to maintain our rights to roam must be remembered and upheld. Thank you. Jemima.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Wed 13th Sep 2017 18:53

really enjoyed this piece J.J. we do a lot of coastal walking and whenever we see signs like the one you mention in your poem we turn a blind eye-everytime!

These people need to remember the efforts and sacrifices made by so many to make this a FREE country.

P&S xx

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Rose Casserley

Sun 10th Sep 2017 12:27

great stuff Jemsbabe.Loved the piss take in the last two verses 😉

speak soon

Rose 💋

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Jemima Jones

Mon 4th Sep 2017 09:55

Thank you Cathy,Juan (and Ferris for the comment as well as) for the 'like' .Jemima.

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Thu 24th Aug 2017 00:24

The second line is either the most/least important line of the piece. I love it.

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Jemima Jones

Wed 23rd Aug 2017 20:12

I understand where you are coming from M.C. that is why I included the mention of volunteers who help maintain the leisure legions as you call them.It is essential they are respected and looked after for future generations without any doubt and not just the pathways but also the places where cattle graze when it comes to careless dog owners allowing their pets off the lead which can lead to tragic consequences as it has done in the past to'innocent' dogs that end up getting shot by farmers protecting their grazing animals.I agree with your comments Martin that some of those signs are quite menacing.It is definitely a case of a respectful balance being upheld.And as long as that is kept then that's where I agree with you Leon that we should have the right to roam but treating where we do so with care and respect.Thank you.Jemima

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Tue 8th Aug 2017 09:22

👍 and should those feet in modern times walk anywhere they want on England's green and pleasant land!

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Martin Elder

Mon 7th Aug 2017 19:02

I am with you on this one Jemima. Why is it these sort of signs have to be so menacing.
Nice one

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 7th Aug 2017 14:58

It was Wilde who wrote that each man kills the thing he loves. An observation that can easily be transferred to
the damage caused by over-use of the countryside by
increasing numbers of the "leisure legions" where once
few feet found the time or the opportunity to tread.

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