Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Posted on 02/02/2014


Photo taken on September 16, 2007


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The Shipping Forecast

The Shipping Forecast
While sailing by beyond the fringe
I caught a song by Ronald Binge,
Heralding the Shipping Forecast –
“Attention, all at sea !”

Beware of gales in Forties, Tyne,
Fisher, Dogger, German Bight,
Humber, Thames and Dover, Wight,
Portland, Plymouth, Lundy, Sole,
Fitzroy, Biscay, Trafalgar,
Shannon, Fastnet, Irish Sea,
Rockall, Malin, Hebrides,
Faeroes, Fair Isle, Cromarty.

Here’s the general situation,
(Please forgive my hesitation)
There is much precipitation
And it’s falling on my head !

I have a vague impression
Of a deepening depression;
There’s a cyclone over Iceland
And I’m feeling very low.

It is foggy in the Forties
So that I can see Rockall
And it’s freezing in the Faeroes –
I’ll need my Fair Isle after all.

But in North and South Utsire
Visibility is clearer
And I’ve come to the conclusion
That this front is an occlusion.

There’s storm force 10 in Biscay
Making sailing rather risky,
But the weather now in Viking
May be much more to your liking.

Poem by
Mike Jones

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