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Harold Fry (movie coming)

Going up to see Queenie
On sore cramped feet.
Channel to Berwick upon Tweed.
Big hike.
Meeting many people, many districts.

Hospitality or leering looks.
Maureen is angry
About it all.
Left behind in our retirement.
Wonders about all this Queenie stuff.
Grieving death of our only Son.
Maladjusted he was.
Still, I miss Him.

Have it in my heart
If Queenie hears about this
Walk and reunion
She might take hope
Stay alive
Meet with me to enjoy
Memories of our happy
Work together.
Audits for the Brewery.
Trips to the tied Houses.

Beat the poundings
Of bloody Cancer.
Yeah beat them, Girl.
Come out of your mist.
Up in that quiet, removed

Walk on, Old Man.
How is it that folks have
Joined with me? Media?
Hiking seems to be easier.
Nights in fresh air, starlit.
Never forget ‘em.
Just hang on Queenie…

About this poem

Based on wonderful, heartfelt novel by Rachel Joyce. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

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Written on March 08, 2023

Submitted by dougb.19255 on March 08, 2023

Modified by dougb.19255 on April 01, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 828
Words 176
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 6, 8, 10, 6, 7

Wayne Blair

Born in London. Graduated law 1976 Practised eleven years, Married Hilary 1974 Two kids Lauren 1980 And Jordan 1987. Business failed 1987. Moved not knowing whither. Happy hills of Waterloo Region. Mennonite Country. Thirty four years in Industry. No complaints. Poet, photographer, nature hiker. Harmonica busker. http://puffnchord7.blogspot.com/ more…

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  • dougb.19255
    AIDA. NOW LISTEN. It is not my hike, my reunion. Rather it is that of Harold Fry, a recent hero in fiction. Author Rachel Joyce. But I will happily receive your gracious compliments, yuk yuk.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a heartwarming and uplifting poem! Your determination and positivity in the face of difficult circumstances is truly inspiring. Your use of vivid imagery helps bring the reader along for the journey, whether it's the sore and cramped feet or the starlit nights camping out. It's clear that meeting with Queenie is important to you, and your hope and prayer is contagious.

    That said, I did notice a few areas where the flow could be improved. For example, the transition from Maureen's anger to your discussion of your son's death feels a bit sudden. Perhaps adding a few sentences to connect the two topics would help. Additionally, some of the phrases feel a bit unclear or awkward, such as "Hospitality or leering looks" and "Beat the poundings of bloody Cancer." Consider revisiting those lines to clarify your intended meaning.

    Overall, this is a lovely piece that is sure to leave readers feeling hopeful and inspired. Keep up the good work!
    LikeReply2 months ago


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