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Arundel Swimming Pool

Robert Hull


Arundel Swimming Pool

Robert Hull


Arundel Swimming Pool

Arundel Swimming Pool

is good fun
for everyone -

teetery toddlers
bald dawdlers
and ancient waddlers
keen lean chaps
in goggles and skull-caps
counting the laps -

it’s great
for two-yard dashers
unnecessary splashers
crawlers, sprawlers
screamers, dreamers
bare-back riders
sun-lotioned idlers
backwards-down-the-sliders
drop-outs on loungers
tiny ice-cream scroungers –

it’s so smashing for everyone
with all the slosh
and swirl and splash
and shouting friendly din
and the view of the castle
and blue sky now and again
and clouds and swallows and martins
skimming in -

they’re going to close it
and turn it into an Important
perhaps Significant
possibly Exclusive and Prestigious
or even Significantly and Prestigiously Exclusive

DEVELOPMENT,

and instead of an old swimming pool
which is only good fun for everyone
they’ll have something to make a lot of money
for someone.


from <i>Everest and Chips</i> (Oxford University Press, 2002), © Robert Hull 2002, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Robert Hull reading from his poems

1A. Non

2Frost

3Hunting in February

4Hedgehog and Moonlight

5Self-advert for mole programme

6Frogs

7An April Poem

8'Gift Offer - Traditional Wishing Well - £47-50'

9Leaving

10Table

11Sound Countdown

12Houses

13Steam

14English Rules - Not OK

15As, as, as...

16Lambs in May

17Arundel Swimming Pool

18Roman Terror

19The Tale of Sir Toby the Timid

20Galileo's Story

21Space

22The Girl Who Made the Stars - A Bushman Story

23The Maker Said

24When the Creator made the birds

25Things with feathers

26Beginnings

27'Please do not feed the animals...'

28Shiny cheery poem

29High Tide

30Sea-side September

31Useful phrases for when you're on holiday

32Hedge

33Deer's Skull

34Autumn Flood

35Swallows in September

36Starting School - Preston 1912

37December

38Snow

39Robin at Christmas

40It's Christmas So....

41For Imogen - newly arrived

42Peace Process

43Recent History Lesson

44Ping Feng

45Humpty, the true story

46Evening Song

47Shadows

48The Graveyard by Croston Church School

Books & cds by Robert Hull