Poem introduction

"The best way I can describe the poems in Cuckoo Rock is that they're set in a fantasy landscape with various bizarre creatures, added to some knockabout musical characters who provide a sort of comic relief."

Cuckoo Rock

Crossing over the Clapper Bridge,
Heading for Cuckoo Rock
Peering inside potato caves,
Woodpeckers taking stock

Of what’s been left in the Blowing House
Left of Tinner’s Mill
Where singing nettles and bracken
Sing to the magpie still:

Sometimes you may see them
Sometimes you may not
Keep your eyes wide open
They’re difficult to spot

Then call to the crow and the jayfly
Yaffle at the Yaffling Tree,
Follow the swallow tomorrow
Bring back tomorrow to me

As today and the rest of the week
Lie there in granite and heather
Lie and remain in the bluebell gorse
Lie there in all kinds of weather:

And sometimes you may see it
Sometimes you may not
Keep your eyes wide open
It’s difficult to spot

As hard to find as the finger sign
On the hand of the talking clock,
Crossing over the Clapper Bridge
Heading for Cuckoo Rock.


Phil Bowen, 2010

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1As Far As We Could

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2At Sparkling Pond

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3Becky's Belongings

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4Better Off Boys

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5Better Off Girls

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6By the Time the Old Queen Finally Died

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7Child as He Was

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8Cool Julie Dooley

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9Cuckoo Rock

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10Demonica Hated It All

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11Demonica

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12Electric Fish

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13Fern and Sting

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14Gladstone and Disraeli

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15Good Signs

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16Having a Good Time

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17High Hopes

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18I Am The Hand

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19Inside Demonica

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20Its a Toot Toot

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21Ivy From IvyBridge

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22Jasper Jade and Jet

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23Lady of the Lamp

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25Magical Valley

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26Nanny

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27Nearer and Nearer

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28Night Soil Men Again

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29Nine Birds

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30Nineteen Moonlights

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31Ogre and Under

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32Ogre Boulder

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33Playing Stones

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34See a Ghost

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35Spitalfields Stan

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36Splatfish

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37Take Me to the Wakes

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38The Ballad of Bobby Bangle and Billy Bling

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39The Corn Laws

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40The Cuckoo Man

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41The Famous Five

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42The Kronk of Karou

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43The Night Soil Men

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44The Owners

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45The Waifs' Song

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46The Wakes

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47The Workers Song

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48The Workshop of the World

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49The Yaffling Tree

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50Three Ghosts

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51Ticking Sonata

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52Vicky and Her Friends

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53Victor Alone

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54Victoria Street

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55Victorians

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56Ways and Ways

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57What Becky Believed

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58What Bobby Asked Billy

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59What Don, Den and Doug Said to Billy and Bobby

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60What the Night Says

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61What Vicky Believed

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62What Vicky Saw

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63What Victor Saw

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64Whigs and Peelers

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65Who Trashed Me

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66Who was Jack the Ripper

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