The Halstead Creative Writing Group meet every month at The Little Book Cafe. A friendly group of people who share an enjoyment for writing. Each month the group agree a theme or topic which they then use for their 'homework'. Below is a short piece written by a member of the group, Dave Bryant. The topic for this piece of work was 'The Garden Shed'.
The Garden Shed
Prologue: MEN NEED SPACE TO INSULATE
THEMSELVES FROM EMOTIONAL
CONTACT. THIS IS THE TRUE
MEANING OF THE SHED………………Mr Matthew Tyrrel of North London.
Give me a modest and peaceful retreat
That’s bloke-ish and homely, not overly neat
With a sofa and stool for the weight-off-my-feet
And a stove to embrace me with comforting heat
A haven where a body can potter and tinker
A sanctified place where a fellow might linger
To savour a Cadbury choc-o-late finger
With a fine well-made cuppa and no-one to hinder
(Dipped twice in my cuppa with no-one to hinder)
My shiplap and creosote hideaway hut
With it’s green & brown painted rainwater butt
Hidden from view in a small wooded copse
Like a well-kept secret where the fencing line stops
I would spend precious hours in deep contemplation
On Eng-er-land’s chances in the Rugby Five Nations
Or I’d tune in the wireless to a BBC station
And listen while testing my home-brewed creation……..hic!
Back at the house there’d be noise and alarm
Whilst here I’d enjoy an oasis of calm
Back at the house there’d be noise and confusion
Whilst I’m ensconced here in blissful seclusion
Now some like fine dining or breakfast in bed
Some enjoy cruising the sun-soaked Med.
Some boldly go where others won’t tread
But I’d like to amble, past the fruit trees and bramble, through the vegetable plot
and discarded clay pots, turn left at the gnome, then I’m really alone
Where I’ll take my ease and do as I please…..
IN MY HUMBLE GARDEN SHED
We would like to say a big thank you to Dave for allowing us to include his work on our website. If you would like to find out more about Pen Friends - The Halstead Creative Writing Group please contact us.