A Gentle Reminder

gbsomerville By gbsomerville, 26th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A short poem, based on a true story "A Gentle Reminder"

A Gentle Reminder

A cold, dark night three December’s past
Found us safe and secure at last
Our landlord is Mr Farmer by name
Known to many through Kwik Fit fame.

Packed up and loaded at Granton Pier
In no time at all we were over here
It took two journeys because of the tide
Before we were all on the Inchkeith side.

The goats they were tethered, the donkeys too
Cats in their baskets without much ado
Dogs in the cabin travelling in style
This unusual sight would make Noah smile.

Porky was free, snorting all over deck
Without as much as a rope around her neck
Reluctant to leave at the other end
It was a winch and a lift for our porcine friend

The Sanctuary, founded in eighty four
Had been an ever open door
Here with sixty five acres to spare
No animal should miss out on freedom and care.

The BBC called and stayed for a day
Delighted to see all the species at play
Much work had been done but so much still to do
Dependent upon any donations from you

Transports a problem and keeping in touch
A boat and a ‘phone would help us so much
The cost runs to thousands, s night mare and yet
Who’d grudge any one here the care of their vet?

Renewal time’s come; your memberships due
Please don’t default, pay up on cue
Already were planning next winters feed
Hay for the big ones, down to bird seed

Come over and see all the work that’s been done
It’s hard and ongoing and not always fun
To see the safe housing and animals free
Its worth the boat trip I’m sure you’ll agree

To those who have helped in their carious ways
We at the sanctuary can only have praise
So much is needed, so much to do
Please help us, we really depend on you


1984, Animal, Baskets, Bbc, Birds, Boat, Cabin, Cats, December, Dependent, Dogs, Donkeys, Farmer, Feed, Gentle, Goats, Granton, Hay, Inchkeith, Island, Journeys, Kwik Fit, Landlord, Membership, Noah, Phone, Pier, Porky, Reluctant, Reminder, Renewal, Sanctuary, Tethered, Thousands, Transport, Vets, Winter

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author avatar gbsomerville
I am 22 years old, play the piano and accordion. I'm a live sound and studio recording engineer, enjoy the outdoors / countryside, agriculture and most animals... except insects.

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