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Liverpool Docks - Book of Time

Updated on April 29, 2018

Old Liver Clock

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Mersey Street

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Old Mersey Street

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Liverpool Docks, Men Of The Docks



In yesterdays book of time,

the feet of the dead

wore an even tread,

as the men of the docks

solid as the rock,

marched to the ticking

of the old Liver clock.

In a mersey street

of yorkstone flag,

the prints of feet

marked and pitted ,in a line,

patterns softened, now by time.

No sign of hobnail boots,

just a boat on show.

Decked in bunting cotton.

Memory of the dockers

unforgotten.


Boat

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    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR

      jandee 

      5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Thanks greencha, John and I from Manchester have just been having a tussle with a James A Watkins -hubpages ,do you know of him? He adores Maggie !! Huh! Would love your input. If interested go to my activity on profile,

      night for now and keep well,

      jandee--------thanks for reading

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      greencha 

      5 years ago

      Brill.. poem jandee, I believe the dockers strike in early 1900 's ended ip to be a one sided slaughter of the innocent by,police, Although most of Liverpool police supported 'em,they had to draft in police fromManchester and Birmingham ,and they sent the army in with a battleship in River Mersey,as Government of time worried about fullscale revolution,,, very sad..then came Mrs T in the 1980's stamping on people trying to protect their righys and dignity,,,,,, so history keeps repeating itself in a sad way.. regards greencha,ps nice to know someone close by using hubs,was getting worried if anyone in UK new about 'em.

    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR

      jandee 

      6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Thank you Molometer!

      Nice to have you read and give good feedback ,

      best from jandee

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      molometer 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      How sad this poem is. The passing of an age. Reminds me of my childhood in the London Docks. Hard life, hard men. I for one, am glad to see the back of so brutal a way of life. Grown men, fighting each other for a days work.

      Great poems generate great emotions. This poem works on many levels.

      Well done.

    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR

      jandee 

      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Thank you Micky !

      Pleased to have you read it,jandee

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      There's got to be sooo much history there. Thanks again cutie jandee!

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      jandee 

      8 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello H.P Roychoudhury,I have friends who in their youth when hitchiking back to liverpool from manchester spotted a massive steam engine on the back of a wagon being transported from Manchester to Liverpool docks. As it struggleg to climb the incline they seized their moment to jump aboard it then transported them to a quarter of a mile to their homes in liverpool but smart teddy-boy suits now covered in grease !!Place- East lancashire road in the 50s. (Who knows maybe this engine was destined for India)

      Thanks for very informative comment, jandee

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is a befitting tribute to the working men of Liverpool docks. The men of docks are unforgettable, who were the men behind to bring first the steam Engine from Manchester to Liverpool if I am not mistaken to enhance the country’s economy by improving the dock’s communication facility.

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      jandee 

      8 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Thanks Charlie, I have absolute respect for all the dockers not only in Liverpool but all over the planet and I am so pleased it came through, jandee

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      'patterns softened now by time' kind of like your picture, softened. lovely. yes. the poem too as you pay respect to the old timers long gone.

    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR

      jandee 

      8 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hi Tony,Pleased to have reminded you of your visit and sail around the 'Liverpool Bay' small world isn't it !thanks for remarks,m

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful tribute to the working men of Liverpool docks. Have visited there once and was impressed. Took a "Ferry across the Mersey" too!

      Thanks for this lovely poem.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      jandee 

      8 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello there D.A.L,

      Nice to hear from you and blushing at your sweet compliments ! Do you think it's time for a hub about wellies with all this rain ?best from jandee......

    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR

      jandee 

      8 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Well hello miss_jkim,

      Thank you so much for reading and nice remarks regards, jandee

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      Dave 

      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Jand, your talent and knowledge shines through once again in this great hub. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes.

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      miss_jkim 

      8 years ago

      Wow, I really like your style!

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