Saturday, June 5, 2010

Basic Comforts



Herewith a lesson in Architecture!
(Not good enough to be called a lecture!)
See above a basic form
To shelter you from sun and storm.
Four legs, a roof, a strut or two
Facing a quite appealing view.
No great church with aisles and naves;
More like one-up from the caves.
Our ancestors, from way, way back,
Suddenly found they had the knack
Of taking wood and then creating
A 'house'! The joy of fabricating!
And here are we, sophisticated,
So modern and so complicated,
Still enjoying this simple shape!
Maybe so that we can escape
From fridges, mobiles and TVs
(One certainly needs walls for these!)
Sunday on the beach! What bliss
To find a shelter such as this.
Should the sun blaze in our direction,
Here we find such sweet protection.
Should a sudden shower ensue
Here is an umbrella too.
And even if the breeze gets skittish
(We can't stand it; we're not British!)
This shelter helps a little bit
So that we're not chilled by it.
We're so advanced, so mechanised
And yet we should not be surprised
If we get more pleasure from drinking tea
Down in a 'shed' beside the sea,
Than we get from all our great expansion,
Fom shed to cottage, from house to mansion!


Faster than a speeding bullet!
Little fella finds his feet!
Big boy in his sights! Go get him!
At any age revenge is sweet.



cat said...

You really have a way with words. Great poem to go with the photo.
I wouldn't mind sitting there myself :)

Lucy said...

The photo could have been taken in any country and I am always surprised at how different countries can appear the same in a picture.
I would like to sip iced tea in that shed by the water!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous post! You always write such wonderful things!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

In the olden days, things were so basic. But I like todays world.

Last night, I was watching how Stewart went to the Central of Australia and surveying and in look for water. Very interesting.