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Readers' Poems

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THE LETTERBOX THE letterbox spoke - she heard it and cried; "I'm far away thinking of you, for without you I am nothing at all. I've seen so much. I've laughed, cried and hurt, feeling desperate sorrow, I've dreamed, nightmares of defeat and conquest. I see your face each new morning, and at night in the setting sun.

You, the joy of my life, and my children I miss so much.

I cannot wait for it to be over. The noise, killing, dirt, and horror, So much I want to say, yet cannot, my eyes and the coming darkness defeat me, Your photographer next to my heart, I see you sitting by the window reading this, and - I'm walking up the drive, rushing to you.

You're in my arms - forever," She re-read it, and watched and waited, the drive still empty. Then the letterbox spoke - and she cried.

GEORGE CARRICK, Cramlington.

A HISTORIC EVENT ENGLAND and Ireland are bound by Unbreakable, but painful ties.

Now, it is time for reconciliation. We hope, that in future, The two lands, will walk hand in hand, And stand side by side, however wide the gulf Maybe, as two completely united nations.

In the past, violent events have taken place.

Irish people have suffered appalling exploitation.

They were racked by poverty, Famines caused starvation, Reducing half of the Irish population. People, at the end of their tether, Battled for freedom for their nation. Rather, than carry on, they packed some belongings And faced immigration.

The last visit to Ireland, By a member of the English monarchy, Was made by George V a hundred years ago.

Therefore, one can understand, That the Queen might have felt some unease, Or a sense of trepidation, before setting out, To the beautiful, green country, Ireland. The intention of the Queen's visit, To increase and cement feelings of togetherness, And to heal bitter, festering, old wounds.

The Queen's tactful approach To problems of long-gone years, Ensured, that a new start, Is an option at last.

Her sensitive speeches about Sorrowful times of the past Were listened to, and touched people's hearts.

Her outstanding dedication, Attention to detail, And painstaking preparations, Left nothing to chance. They did not fail, To impress the Irish nation. The Queen's visit brought her Well-deserved praise, success and adulation.

We want to thank our Queen, For a task, completed admirably, And without fuss.

May she live long, and reign untiringly, Over all of us!

E CORKHILL, Heaton, Newcastle.

TAKE A HIKE JOIN the women's Land Army the information gave Appealed to three young women Ellen, Jen and Maeve Amongst the many thousands that joined up day by day They'd never seen a real live pig or stacked a bale of hay The farmer's disappointed he's really got some lip Told them that he's seen more meat on a jockey's whip They've mucked the stables ploughed the fields and when the day was done With aching limbs fell into bed halfbaked by the sun Churchill wasn't kidding about blood, sweat and tears They headed for the village pub and not for ginger beers Met some lads in uniform fresh from fighting Jerry Escorted them back to the farm worse the wear from sherry What a real exciting time that era seems to say To live just for the moment, heady young and gay And now the war is over they're headed for the tram Kisses, hugs, shedding tears they vow to meet again Three old ladies maps in hand, kitted out alike Stand at their reunion more than ready for that hike A crowd of blokes are stood nearby shout "Oi there Betty Grable The last time I saw legs like that was on an antique table" M WARREN, Monkseaton. …