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Poetry from within

"Ossie” the Oracle


Back in the day when facts were hard to find

He was a “Fount of knowledge” close to hand

When “Breaking news” was gossip of a kind

Old “Ossie” shared his own more healthy brand

To worldly types, a local character

Who was to them, a fixture in ‘The Bar’

In feigned surprise he was a ‘Ham Actor’

Whilst ‘ceding’ should they wish to buy a jar

For boy’s at school, of which I was but one

A last resort when cramming for exams

With dates and names, more treasure than ‘Ben Gunn’

Help’d extricate young minds from hopeless jams

Said Oracles, once held infallible

Would watch their P’s and Q’s, e’en syllable

Richard Gildea