The Dock in rhyme

Having a wee look at Dock Cafe’s Trip Advisor reviews is always good for the soul… we’re very blessed and grateful for all the people who write a few lines to tell us about their happy experiences at The Dock!

One of our regular reviewers enjoys their Dock experience so much that they are moved to poetry! – they’re called ‘RhymeReviews’ and I thought the latest one was worth quoting in full:

Marty and I
Love here it so much
What a lovely place to keep in touch
The people that go here are a lovely bunch
Such a delightful place to have lunch
My favourite place for coffee and a munch
The staff really do care so much

Whoever you are, we love the rhyme reviews – keep them coming!!

On the subject of poetry – I was recently introduced to my new favourite poem.  It’s called ‘Sometimes’ by Sheenagh Pugh – ironically, I read somewhere that the poet herself actually counts this as her least favourite and is surprised by its popularity!

Here it is in full – pull up a chair, relax, and have a read:

Sometimes things don’t go, after all,
from bad to worse.  Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don’t fail,
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;
elect an honest man, decide they care
enough, that they can’t leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss, sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen:  may it happen for you.

It’s such a beautiful, simple answer to all the worry and darkness and hostility and uncertainty of the world of 2018.  When you’re reading the news it’s easy to get sucked into a whirlpool of anxiety and helplessness.  One of my favourite antidotes is to spend time in the warmth and fellowship of our amazing community at Dock Cafe.  Another antidote is to expose your soul to gentle wisdom and good sense – which is what this poem does.

Copy and paste and keep it handy for the next time you’re at the end of your tether!