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Posted: July 22nd. 2004 5:02:25 AM

Views: 1399

The Acclaim of Bert & Iris.

by Jemma Hawtrey

Age Group: Adult

The Acclaim of Bert & Iris.

I tell you now a story
Of a long past glory time
When Noel Edmonds was on the telly
And BL was in its prime

A towering giant of this land
And one that was once brought low
Allied with the Samurai
Now things were go, go, go

And on a day in ‘83
Our hero now is fashioned
Its noble grill and lively heart
Had motoring pundits all impassioned

And all across this blessed land
Out of BL showrooms they flew
They may not have been entirely British
But at least they didn’t rust when still brand new

And one of all the many built
In a fetching shade of blue
Was bought by Bert & Iris
To replace an Allegro two.

In the years that followed
They toured around the land
Parked by supermarket trolleys
Or Southend’s silvery sand

And as the years were counted
The paintwork lost its gleam
Little things began to creak
And the driver’s seat burst a seam

By and by our hero left his home
In Cheshunt so bright and fair
And travelled now painfully to Basildon
Where people just don’t care

The days spent gently motoring
28 miles per hour with never a single care
Were long gone and his time was spent
At 70 with a leaking exhausts blare

And now a few years forward
We go on the ship of days
And see our hero struggling on
In a blue cloud of oily haze

And finally the bolt was shot
Oily guts upon tarmac’d ground
It looked that in the scrap yard
Our hero would now be found

But at the last possible moment
Our dear friend was finally saved
By a little man in an anorak
Who looked like he never shaved

Painstakingly he worked gently
Restoring what he could
Replacing all he couldn’t mend
Till all was to the good.

And one fine day the key was turned
And 1489cc spun up into life
And that man with the Anorak
Went for a first spin with the wife

And not long after that first day
A journey then was made
To Cheshunt of those good memories
Before the days of wiring frayed

And here we leave our old friend
Bright work gleaming in Suffolk sun
For all those that meet the crusher,
There’s always a lucky one…

Copyright Durin ab Iceni (Jon Marriage) 22/07/04 9:45am

Author's Notes: This one is a little bit of a diversion from the usual, Inspired by the Ballade poem posted earlier by Donecan of Maccuswael.

I should explain... In the early 80's Austin Rover group collaborated with Honda of Japan to build various cars. The Ballade was the Honda name for what was the Japanese version of what AR/BL called the Triumph Acclaim...

A tenuous link I know... but enjoy the poem :)

walk in light


P.S. Yes, I know I am strange... :)

Author's Location: Colchester, England
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