Farewell

Farewell
by Ben Macnair

In the painting,
Ted Danson has gone to seed,
And the crowd are doing what crowds tend to do,
Cat-calls, pushing, jostling, jockeying for position,
And if this was on Oliver Postgate production,
Jones the Steam and Ivor would be going hom,
Through the valleys,
Katherine Jenkins on the radio,
Thinking about her lovely voice.

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  1. i’m intrigued by the notion of imagination to poetry via a painting rather than a typical dream. Here’s some lo-down on the characters/vocabulary in poem:

    *Ted Danson: “Edward Bridge “Ted” Danson III (born December 29, 1947) is an American actor, author, and producer, well known for his role as lead character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on the sitcom Becker. He is currently starring in the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as D.B. Russell.He also plays a recurring role on Larry David’s HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, starred alongside Glenn Close in legal drama Damages and was a regular on the HBO comedy series Bored to Death. In his 30-year career, Danson has been nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two; ten Golden Globe Awards nominations, winning three; one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination; one American Comedy Award and a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. He was ranked second in TV Guide’s list of the top 25 television stars.[3] Danson has also been a longtime activist in ocean conservation. In March 2011, he published his first book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, written with journalist Michael D’Orso.” [wiki].

    *Oliver Postgate: “Richard Oliver Postgate (12 April 1925 – 8 December 2008) was an English animator, puppeteer and writer. He was the creator and writer of some of Britain’s most popular children’s television programmes. Pingwings, Pogles’ Wood, Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine, Clangers and Bagpuss, were all made by Smallfilms, the company he set up with Peter Firmin, and were shown on the BBC between the 1950s and the 1980s, and on ITV from 1959 to the present day. In a 1999 BBC poll Bagpuss was voted the most popular children’s television programme of all time.” [wiki].

    *Jones the Steam and Ivor: “Ivor the Engine is a British children’s animation by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin’s Smallfilms company. It is a children’s television series relating the adventures of a small green locomotive who lived in the “top left-hand corner of Wales” and worked for The Merioneth and Llantisilly Railway Traction Company Limited. His friends included Jones the Steam, Evans the Song and Dai Station, among many other characters.”
    [wiki].

    *hom: “H0m gauge is used to represent metre gauge trains in the HO scale. It runs on 12 mm (0.472 in) gauge tracks (which is the same as TT scale). Modern HOm trains run on realistic-looking two-rail track, which is powered by direct current (varying the voltage applied to the rails to change the speed, and polarity to change direction), or by Digital Command Control (sending commands to a decoder in each locomotive). It is a popular scale in Europe, particularly for trains of Swiss outline.” [wiki]

    *Katherine Jenkins: “Katherine Jenkins, OBE (born 29 June 1980) is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano, singer and songwriter. She is a popular classical-crossover singer who performs across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns.After winning singing competitions in her youth, Jenkins studied at the Royal Academy of Music, modelled and taught voice. She came to wide public attention in 2003 when she sang at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II’s silver jubilee. Since 2004, she has released numerous albums that have performed well on British and foreign charts. In both 2005 and 2006, her albums received Classic Brit Awards as Album of the Year. She has also been seen widely in concert, including concerts for British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; she has also sung at sporting events, on television shows and in support of many charities. In Spring 2012, she competed on the US television show Dancing with the Stars, finishing in second place, behind NFL Super Bowl champion Donald Driver.” [wiki].

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