Auction Room



a sideboard, two armchairs

chest of drawers

boxes of sundry household items

cups and saucers, some matching

some not

the Haywain by Constable

almost certainly not

the original

a collection of Toby jugs

made by Tai Wan

lots 370 to 399

in number at least

of equal status

with lots 1 to 369

but in the company of

Sheraton, Hepplewhite

and several imposing

Welsh oak dressers

and out of their natural environment

of grandchildrens' laughter

coal fire

pipe smoke

roast beef and yorkshire pudding

and the faithful dusting by frail

and arthritic fingers

they seem to be huddled

almost in embarrassment

piled haphazardly in a corner of the room

for this is where memories come to die

even the young girl opening a drawer

and picking up the faded photograph within

will only wonder

for a moment





©John Birch



Walking on Water


walking on water

is easy

you just put one foot in front of the other

the difficult part

is keeping your eyes


on the one towards whom

you are walking

and never








© John Birch