Patrick Ladbrooke

Rookie - 237 Points (England)

Patrick Ladbrooke Poems

1. Alley Cricket 10/6/2011
2. The Furrow Followed 10/10/2011
3. The Last Glass 5/1/2014
4. Pond Life 5/14/2014
5. Eighty 5/27/2014
6. Beachy Head 6/2/2014
7. Lost Melody 10/22/2014
8. Patriot 10/23/2014
9. Chasing Silver Darlings 10/29/2014
10. Hush, Puppies 11/3/2014
11. Old Men Of The Sea 11/5/2014
12. Regret 11/17/2014
13. Treading Leaves 11/17/2014
14. Motorway Morning 11/18/2014
15. The Conker Tree 10/30/2014
16. A Navy Man 10/28/2014
17. Colours Of Love, Passing 10/27/2014
18. Rush Hour 11/17/2014
19. Abbey Ruin (St Benets Abbey, Norfolk) 11/5/2014
20. Sailing 7/1/2009
21. The Kissing Gate 12/29/2008
22. The Bond 9/15/2008
Best Poem of Patrick Ladbrooke

The Bond

I remember nights of roaring surf,
The long rods nodding with the pull,
Watching in the hiss and glare of pressure lamps,
Waiting with my father, for the fish to run.

And run they did, made lines sing in the wind,
Smooth muscled silver-green flanked cod,
Gorged plump on shrimp shoaled in the scour.
We cradled them from breaker’s undertow,
Our sea soaked clothes raw in the cold of night,
To marvel as they glistened on the sand.
Next day, served on our plates,
They tasted like they’d swum from seas of heaven.

But time has stolen him away from ...

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Alley Cricket

Thompson took the crease;
with broken pallet plank in hand,
tapped at the cracked concrete.
Smith bowled, right arm over dustbin
the delivery invisible in the dim street light.
Thompson played defensively,
fending the flint cobble from the back door.
Time running short, runs were needed, but
Smith's guile in bowling from the shadows

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