TIME OUT

There’s still  Time

 

Time Out 3I’m getting rather old now, my joints are seizing up,

My hand is often shaking – spilling coffee from my cup

Aches and pains all over from me head down to me toe

On first name terms with my GP and the chemist says hello!

 

But Tuesday in the afternoon is the Time it all comes out

You should hear us with the quiz master – everyone loves to shout

There’s draughts and dominoes and scrabble to fill a happy hour

Arguing, competitive, - huh a really dodgy shower.

 

My eyes appear to twinkle, it seems I’m having fun,

But it’s only my bifocals glinting in the sun.

Seems I’m saying “No I can’t” far more than “Yes I can”

I think my wild oats have turned to prunes and bran.

 Time Out 2

But Tuesday in the afternoon is the Time it all comes out

We chat around our tables – not a whisper mind – a shout

Did you hear about the firemen and the ladder and the cat

You didn’t ? How could anyone in Time Out possibly sleep through that.

 

My memory is shocking – my mind just seems to go,

I often start a sentence then- it’s gone – I’ve lost the flow.

Did you know about my bad knee? It makes me quite unsteady

Did you know about my bad knee? Have I said that once already!

 

But Tuesday in the afternoon is the Time it all comes out

There’s bring and buy and all kind of things to tout

Marmalade and jam and homemade cakes for tea

We queues up to part with money which all goes to charity

 

Time Out 6My social life has fizzled out – a dull evening is quite appealing,

Supper and some cocoa depending on how I’m feeling

No-one phones past nine o’clock for fear of waking me.

Mind they often do that if they call at half past three.

 

But Tuesday in the afternoon is the Time it all comes out

When we recycled teenagers gather all about

And spend some time together in happy company

Comparing our arthritis, lumbago and bad knee.

 

 I like to play a certain game with the folks at our Time Out

“Comparing ailments” is what we do while we’re having a friendly shout.

I say “ I’ve got lumbago and arthritis in my spine.”

He says “I can’t hear you – but it’s half past two by mine.”

 

But Tuesday in the afternoon is the Time it all comes out

We smile and laugh like youngsters and really flout

Our ageing which seems to have arrived too soon

Coz this is our Time out in the afternoon.

 

So God’s waiting room is where I sit ready for the callTime Out 6

Except for Tuesday afternoon when I really have a ball.

It’s ironic but I know that when I’m summoned from on high.

I’ll insist I have a stair lift or I’ll refuse to die.

 

But Tuesday in the afternoon is the Time it all comes out

Coffee, tea and biscuits are compulsory never doubt

But there’s compassion with the coffee and tea with sympathy

Coz this is our Time out and we love your company.


TUESDAY AFTERNOONS IN THE LOUNGE

RICHARD NEWTON HALL

2PM-4PM

 

 

 

 

Adapted from an original by Paul Hayward, Halesowen, West Midlands