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Michelle Cantliff - Poetry

Michelle Cantliff - Poetry , Painting pictures in words...
Smokeytop Salford, cobbled streets back to back houses,factories, c

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The SmokeytopPoetAppearance today at 2 PM Pendleton Church Salford £3.50 on the doorRefreshments provided.
16/07/2022

The SmokeytopPoet

Appearance today at 2 PM

Pendleton Church Salford

£3.50 on the door

Refreshments provided.

I have a new book coming out in the Autumn !!Musings of the Smokeytop Poet.With the following Chapters1.Smokeytop Love ....
28/06/2022

I have a new book coming out in the Autumn !!

Musings of the Smokeytop Poet.

With the following
Chapters

1.
Smokeytop Love .

2.
Smokeytop Spooks .

3.
Smokeytop in the Sun.

4. Smokeytop Christmas

5. A Smokeytop Diary

6. Smokeytop Kiddies

7. Smokeytop Salford

8. Smokeytop and the Law

Please register your interest below for my new book which contains over 50 poems and illustrations by Broady Northern Art.

Big shout-out to my newest top fan!And thank you so much for your support !!!Michelle Brindley
06/06/2022

Big shout-out to my newest top fan!

And thank you so much for your support !!!

Michelle Brindley

See you there ! Dont forget to get your tickets. I will be doing some Smokeytop Poetry....Come and chat with me !!This i...
31/05/2022

See you there !

Dont forget to get your tickets.

I will be doing some Smokeytop Poetry....
Come and chat with me !!

This is in Little Hulton near Worsley Greater Manchester
M28.

Fancy dress from the 1950s era !!

Where's  our street goneWhere's my great granWheres Auntie LilyWhere's uncle StanWhere's the noise and laughterFrom the ...
12/05/2022

Where's our street gone
Where's my great gran

Wheres Auntie Lily
Where's uncle Stan

Where's the noise and laughter
From the local pub

Where's t'corner shop
Where me mam bought our grub.

Where is our school gone
Where's all the kids

Where's the betting shop
For my uncle Sid

Where's the church where folk
Could get wedded or buried

Wheres the hospital
Where sick folk were ferried

Where's all the people gone
Family and friends

Where's our community
How could it end

Like this... a barren land full of dust

Who was it decided that all this must

Be done. In whose name
And please tell me why

Did you destroy us
And make us all cry

What have we gained , what have we lost

In the name of progress
At what bitter cost

Michelle Cantliff Smokeytop Poet
2022

06/05/2022

Tales of Old Salford spoken in rhyme
With the words that were used back then

Cobbled streets and make ends meet
And even make do and mend

Twixt two world wars when times were hard
With shoulders to the wheel

Neighbours pulled together
There was no time to feel

Down in the dumps
Let's show the world

What Salford Folk can do !
Beneath a Smokey Salford Sky
When mothers were the glue

That held it all together
And mended broken hearts

When our own Smokeytop Salford
Was almost ripped apart

When the Smokeytop Poet wentto the Lowry sheWore her great grandmothers shawlFrom 1923She had her grandad's walking stic...
04/05/2022

When the Smokeytop Poet
went
to the Lowry she
Wore her great grandmothers shawl
From 1923

She had her grandad's walking stick
Salfordian history
When the Smokeytop Poet went
To the Lowry.

Books still for sale
Tales of old Salford in rhyme

I'm appearing at this venue on 30th April 2022.Lowry  Salford Quays2.30 to 2.45Free entry !!Please come and see the Smok...
26/04/2022

I'm appearing at this venue on 30th April 2022.

Lowry Salford Quays

2.30 to 2.45

Free entry !!

Please come and see the Smokeytop Poet and listen to her paint pictures with words of Smokeytop Sallford and the people who lived there between the first and second world wars.

Books also available.

Pre order from me or buy on the day!

Mill girls with clogs on
23/04/2022

Mill girls with clogs on

10/04/2022
10/04/2022
Smokeytop PoetryCome read the talesI write of Old SalfordHow back in the daysOf cobbles and donkeystoneClogs and old sha...
25/03/2022

Smokeytop Poetry
Come read the tales
I write of Old Salford
How back in the days
Of cobbles and donkeystone
Clogs and old shawls
Corner shops, churchyards and the
Mission halls.

Ragged school, patchwork pants
Knocker upper calling
Guzunders. Back alleys
And Kitchener calling

Salford Lads lining up for country and King
Salford lasses in the cotton mills working

The sounds from the Docks. The old railway clock
Ticking the time away tick tock tick tock.

Come on and join me in Smokeytop Land.
Times were tough times were rough
But Salford is grand !!!!

Michelle Cantliff Smokeytop Poet
2022

Write or paint or whatever your talent is...its all right there in your own hands .!!!
06/03/2022

Write or paint or whatever your talent is...its all right there in your own hands .!!!

14/01/2022

If you would like a copy of my book then please write Me in the space below and I will inbox you with details.

02/01/2022
The Smokeytop Poet
09/12/2021

The Smokeytop Poet

09/12/2021
24/11/2021
06/11/2021

Three lads were standing outside t'pub
Faces long and drawn
Eric stared at t'cobbles
His brother, Ted, had gone
Round to put his name down
And join up in the forces.
I'll be just grand, he said.
I'll look after the horses.....
Mother's face were grey with strain
So it had come to war.
Last time, her three brothers
Had not come back no more.

The three lads waited in the dark
The pub was brightly lit
Shall we go and 'Ave a pint?
'Ere, 'Ave a cigarette.
She'll not settle down tonight
Me man oh no not she
We'll stop out till our Ted goes 'ome
We'll stop out 'Ere, us three.

I know we're brave and our turn
Will come round to join up.
Me man will be distracted
It is such bitter cup
For her to drink and so I think
We'll go back in an hour
I might be brave but God please save me
I do not 'Ave the power.

To see me mam a crying
When there's nowt that I can do
For war has come we must be gone
Our mother is the glue
That 'olds us all together
Yet we must be ripped apart.
And we don't 'ave a remedy
To mend 'er breaking heart.

02/11/2021
01/11/2021

Novembrrrrrrrr.!

Count yer pennies.
Check yer coal
Line yer boots
Cover that 'ole
Have thee candles?
A nice warm shawl?
A curtain to hang
Over t'doorway int'hall?

Jack Frost is sharpening his claws
Of ice to drape o'er your windows
The winds ready to gust and blow
The clouds are filling up with snow.

Mek sure you've got dripping to spare
Dont let your kitchen shelf stand bare
Lard will put lining on yer bones
Give dripping butties to't little ones.

A nice big pot of dockers tea
Will keep the cold away from thee
Ont' hearth a pan o' simmering stew
Will feed us for a day or two.

Get thee balaclavas out
Thy scarves and mittens have no doubt
This winter will be cold and harsh
And last from now at least till March.

Michelle Cantliff Smokeytop Poet

November 2021

Long walk to school
24/10/2021

Long walk to school

23/10/2021
09/10/2021
22/09/2021
18/08/2021
Purchase a Smokeytop Poetry book and the money will be donated to Christie's hospital in Manchester.E mail me for detail...
16/08/2021

Purchase a Smokeytop Poetry book and the money will be donated to Christie's hospital in Manchester.

E mail me for details

[email protected]

Smokeytop Manchester and Smokeytop Salford!!My book tells the stories of the people who lived here between the first and...
03/08/2021

Smokeytop Manchester and Smokeytop Salford!!

My book tells the stories of the people who lived here between the first and second world wars and just after, when times were tough and times were hard but they got through it with grit, hard work and a great sense of humour.

Large families, little money, tiny two up two down terraces, tin baths, cobbled streets, clogs, shawls and cloth caps..

Please consider purchasing my book.

All proceeds going to Christie's Hospital

Michelle's Music and Poetrt Hour 9 am every Sunday morning www.salfordcityradio.com
29/07/2021
94.4FM Salford City Radio -

Michelle's Music and Poetrt Hour 9 am every Sunday morning www.salfordcityradio.com

We are pleased to announce that the winners of our poetry competition are James Butterworth with 'The Mighty Irwell’ and Roy Page with 'Docks and Quays'.

15/07/2021
06/07/2021

I'd love you to post feedback regarding my Smokeytop Poetry please

06/07/2021
How do !
12/06/2021

How do !

12/06/2021
11/06/2021
94.4FM Salford City Radio -
24/05/2021
94.4FM Salford City Radio -

94.4FM Salford City Radio -

We are pleased to announce that the winners of our poetry competition are James Butterworth with 'The Mighty Irwell’ and Roy Page with 'Docks and Quays'.

09/05/2021
26/03/2021

We passed by the charity shop
I said let's look inside
No me sister said , its stuff
From people 'oo 'ave died.
Oh get in, you misery
I'm going in for a look
If nothing else I just might find
A nice littlec reading book.

I went in, it were nice and clean
A lot of stuff looked new
But then there were some ornaments
I thought I'd look at too.

By heck, me sister giggled
Just look what's over here
A guzunder like my great grans
And at it I did peer.

It's very nice, shopkeeper said
Of China it is made
With flowers painted all around
Them wont ever fade

But what on earth would I do
With that thing
Pray do tell
Put pot pourri inside of it?
At least it wouldn't smell

Like it must 'ave done before
In times now long since past
Its look nice in your house
And it don't cost much cash.

How much? I don't know why I asked
Me head was in a spin.
Well you know its China
And it's not got no cracks in

I went ahead and bought it
And five pounds I did pay
For me pot guzunder
What was only made of clay.

Michelle Cantliff Smokeytop Poet 2021

16/02/2021

My first book containing poems about life as lived by Salford People between the years 1900-1960 is now available.

16/02/2021

My first book containing poems about life as lived by Salford People between the years 1900-1960 is now available.

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What we hear
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The message in my head says get up out of bed
Time to rise and shine and lead or at least be led
The body is a little less eager to stumble about
With some twinges and silent groans I start out
****
First stop of course the bathroom on course
Then creak and whine whilst on the stairs force
Silence the groans you cannot do a moan now
Reach kitchen, Kettle and tap then stove how
****
All in a trance then at a glance put coffee in cup
The mind picks up a gear decision to make oh bu**er
One spoon or two with milk or not ignore the sugar
Things in my head whirling about what the hell is up
*****
I dare look at the clock, cant stand the shock right now
Its barley dawn and the clocks not working I swear
I am going nowhere so why should I care nobody calls
Cheer up say I open the curtains look up to the sky
****
Then with my bleary eyes and again new surprise
There before me a whole brand new day what can you say
Silently thank your creator or who you believe in your One
Think of something worthwhile some good use of your time
****
Weigh up the odds, The good The bad and The must do
Think up a plan the best you can try and cover all bases
But remember “the best laid plans of all mice or men
Oft gang awry” as a great poet once said back up plan 2
****
Plan 2, what the hell to do, decisions again all up to you
Come on be fair your maker got you safely through the night
Play the game you do have some responsibilities too mate
In today parlance you think outside the box Concentrate
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Sandy (daily musings) 2021 July©
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