Featured Poem – John Vaughan

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Date(s) - 31/07/2022 - 21/08/2022
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Featured Poem

Ipswich Arts Association are pleased to present poems from members of the
Suffolk Poetry Society with a new poem featured every three weeks or so.
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John Vaughan
John Vaughan  went along to an evening class in 2003. It was so different to that at school;  one could say he caught the poetry bug. He then took a degree in Creative Writing to learn  more and now writes for the joy and fun of it.
The poem, Collection, was commended in the Crabbe competition 2021.


She said she liked a man with a hobby.
I said I could tick that box.
So when the Soviet T 34 tank arrived
I took down the fence at the back:
the tank fits quite nicely on what
had once been the vegetable patch.

Later a British Challenger 2 came on
the market. I demolished the double garage
and replaced the flower beds and magnolia
with concrete. Admittedly the tank blocks out
our sunlight but there’s some compensation.
Its camouflage provides greenery 24/7.

I’ve now seen an advert for a German tank,
the World War 1 A7V Sturmpanzerwagen.
It could go in our living room but she’s not keen.
I don’t know why – I’ve done the measurements.
I’ve re-assured her that nothing will have to change
that much – the television can sit on its turret.

John Vaughan, April/May 2020


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