READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free press, of Friday, March 21

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This week’s poem, called Back in Nineteen Sixty, is by JAN PARKIN

Way back in nineteen sixty

We made mud pies

And mums were thrifty

Family values

Post war rations

Less concerned with

Latest fashions

No extra helpings

Were to give

In those days

We ate to live

Even bathtime

Was a chore

Instead our faces

Were scrubbed raw

In the kitchen

From the wash bowls

That multi tasked for

Mixing bread rolls

Playing outside

With others freely

Off ground touch

Handstands and wheelies

Money was used

For basic need

Roof over head

And mouths to feed

Paying the debts

Often uncertain

Hiding from tally man

Behind the curtain

Yes nostalgia is a

Powerful force

As we look back

And think of course

Of all those simple

Carefree days

Where we were poor

Yet so unphased

By hardships that

Were less

Than brilliant

Yet Nourished our soul

And made us resilient....

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