That’s Howie’s Rolls


Rolls Royce

Photo © Al Forbes 2015


The Flying Lady
British maid of distinction
cos that’s how she Rolls

Howie likes his own
made in the U.S. of A.
always pays in cash

Comfort over speed
a true piece of over here
that’s made over there

Shows off to his “friends”
who are just business colleagues
how he’s made it big

He likes to parade
a marque of his character
he’s the one percent

Just another toy
to impress his girlfriends with
before they leave him

When the years have flown
he looks back with true regret
should have had some fun

Since he’s laid to rest
winged lady watches over
his untended grave

This poem was inspired by the photo, provided for Sunday Photo Fiction June 28th 2015, by Al Forbes. I wanted to do something a bit different this time, so I wrote a poem with each verse being a haiku.

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Big Dipper on the Move!


DippyPhoto and Haiku © Steve Lakey 2015

This week the Natural History Museum in London announced that the iconic Diplodocus cast will be moved from the entrance hall after 44 years. It will be replaced by the bones of a blue whale, suspended from the ceiling.  This prompted a social media campaign to “Save Dippy”. The good news is that after being put on tour, Dippy will be rehoused in a new part of the museum, devoted to dinosaurs.

I wondered what a 150 million year old dinosaur, last alive in the Jurassic era, would make of it all!

The photo and haiku were prompted by Word Snap Weekly, 1st February 2015, hosted by Amanda Lakey at

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Photo and Haiku © Steve Lakey 2015.

At least four generations of my family, including myself, have worked at local collieries. Now, in the UK, coal mines have all but disappeared. This photo was taken at Pleasley Colliery, Derbyshire – one of the pits that my Dad had worked at many years earlier. By the time of this picture, it had been closed for many years, and was left in a derelict state.

The photo and poem were prompted by Word Snap Weekly, 11th January 2015, hosted by Amanda Lakey at

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