Keith Johnson

Silver Star - 4,181 Points (9th June 1944 / Cheshire, England)

For Eric Shorrocks [1926 - 2014] - 'he Has Been A Joy' - Poem by Keith Johnson

In love with the farms and fells
Out in all weathers with his dog,
Snap tin of butties and cake,
And a thermos flask of tea
He rebuilt one and a half miles
Of dry stone walls in the Lakes
Blending faces, ties and chocks
Hearting, binding and bonding.

If I, in love with the farms and fields
Had done as much for the hedgerows
Of my native county Cheshire,
Badging cops, staking and laying hawthorn
With my dog, some baggin and a brew,
Then I could have been so well content
But only words are left for stones or pleachers
To heart and bind and bond and pen.

Topic(s) of this poem: family

Poet's Notes about The Poem

A sympathetic reader has asked for more details on Eric's life. These are available on my website 'Keith Johnson Wellington NZ' at http: // where you can use the search engine at top-right to find stories relating to particular topics.

Comments about For Eric Shorrocks [1926 - 2014] - 'he Has Been A Joy' by Keith Johnson

  • Darwin Henry Beuning (11/28/2016 6:21:00 AM)

    Very nice tribute to Eric, what more could one ask then to be remembered by a poem. It would be nice to tell the readers more of Eric's life. Was he an only child? ; was he ever married? , so much unsaid. Your poem rates a 10. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 26, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, November 28, 2016

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