The Gift

Dedicated to William Royle of Rusholme

Who at the opening ceremony on May 7th 1910, said that Platt Fields was

“Saved for the children”

To Children of all nations

A Gift

This Park

For you to walk and run and swing and slide

Dance and sing and climb and ride

And talk and shout

whistle and whisper

With Brother Father

Friend and Sister

Hold hands with Mam and Gran

Push prams of your own one day

Teach your children how to play

And walk and run

skip skate and feast

Handstand

cart-wheel

hide and seek

And bat and bowl and kick and score

Read and write and paint and draw

Laugh and smile and kiss and sigh

And float and glide and fish and fly

And dream the dreams you never dreamt you could

In this “The Peoples Park” with a heart-shaped lake

This precious gift of Love

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7 thoughts on “

  1. I READ THIS OUT LOUD TO MY HUSBAND, I HAD TO STOP HALF WAY THROUGH TO ALLOW THE LUMP IN MY THROAT TO PASS…………………….. IF ONLY I COULD GO BACK TO THE PARK ON SIMONSWAY IN WYTHENSHAWE, MANY A TOP TIME HAD IN THERE FROM PLAYING CRICKET AGED 8, AND JUMPING THE BOOK TO DRINKING CIDER AGED 14 ON THE ROUNDABOUT HAPPY DAYS ………….

  2. Mike Garry is a very talented poet who writes the words from his heart and his personal experiences~this Park poem is very nostalgic and word for word one to be remembered xx

  3. The beauty safety and love, the words conjured up for me,was spacious, and very very touching.xxx

  4. Mike is a very talented poet, his words are beautiful and nostalgic. The best way to hear a MIke Garry poem is to hear it from the man himself, there is something special about the way he recites his work 🙂

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