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POETRY : Five a Day by Pauline Simpkiss
Five A Day by Pauline Simpkiss..

..poetry from Yvone Powell

Yvonne on the the 109 year old publication\'s sad demise..

POETRY By Den Payne
Den lives in Tipton and says that it's a great place to come from.. but not so good to go back to!

An expatriate West Midlander now living in Tasmania, John was born a couple of years before WW2 near Wolverhampton and has had some local success writing short stories (some with a West Midland background), memoirs and poetry.

Just A Lad by Gary Westwood ..
Just a lad, thatís all he was..

A 50's Kid by Gary Westwood
I still remember when I was a kid

The Gornal Pig by Laurence Fletcher
Ever since I got to Gornal. There was one thing I wanted to know.

Tommy Atkins by Jack
A few peeled spuds an' a passnip..

Cheers by Jack
Here's to the mother who carried you so long,

Winter Peace by Gary Westwood
A winter's morning

Black Country Times by Gary Westwood
The furnace roar, the fiery blast,

Gornal by Jack Stevens
Life as we knew it years ago Is different to today.

Yesterdee by
CHINA SINKS, UN ODE BRASS TAPS, RED LEADED DOORSTEPS, OLD FLAT CAPS. .. About the Author: Pete Bouncer, or "Bounce", says he is "just on the wrong side of fifty". A metal polisher by trade and born & bred in Walsall town centre, he started writing around 30 years ago for his own pleasure. "I never really thought anyone else would be interested" he tells us. He's dead wrong on that score!

Dadís New Teeth by Yvonne Powell
About the Author: Yvonne originally wrote to us in praise of Gary Westwood's "50's Kid" poem (below). A 50's kid from the Black country herself - born West Bromwich 1951 - her poems have been published in the Black Country Bugle. Now living in Brisbane Australia, Yvonne tells us that she enjoys a dose of the Yampy nostalgia because she is "still a Black country girl at heart."

Another Glorious Day by Gary Westwood ..
About the Author: Gary lives in Woodsetton and was educated at Tudor Primary and High Arcal. He worked at Baggeridge, and is in the Crispin most Sundays, so knows of what he writes.

Eli and Hitler by Albert Sargent 1943 ..
About the Author: Albert Sargent was a well known local author with the Black Country Bugle and Black Country Society magazine. Active in organising the old carnivals at Gornal Football club, he can also be seen on the photograph of the wartime Gornal cricket team. Tell us more about Albert - email us at admin@yampy.co.uk.

Ar Cor See by Jack
About the Author: Jack was born on the 'Wrenner' in 1941. He joined the Army when he was 17 and travelled the world, then drove lorries and tarmacked roads. Jack has had several poems published in the Black Country Bugle.

Ellen Vale by E.A Underhill
About the Author: Edwin A Underhill was born in 1870; his family were prominent in the foundation of of Ruiton Chapel, one of them becoming its minister. The book of poems 'Patchwork' was printed in 1932, and nine years later he wrote and self-published the - for many years definitive - 'Ancient Manor of Sedgley' history book. (thanks to Trevor Genge and Iam Beach at www.sedgleymanor.com for these details)