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Bobby, by Brian Jacques
« on: August 04, 2015, 09:55:20 AM »

Has anyone ever heard of this poem by Mr. Jacques? I saw it in a blog and decided to post it here.

Bobby, by Brian Jacques

Now, looking back, he could remember the first time

He had ever seen Bobby.

It was a bitter winter night in min-January.

He’d been coming home from the pub,

The snow was being driven into drifts by a howling wind.

Ice made the pavement slippery underfoot.

Bobby, by Brian Jacques

Now, looking back, he could remember the first time

He had ever seen Bobby.

It was a bitter winter night in min-January.

He’d been coming home from the pub,

The snow was being driven into drifts by a howling wind.

Ice made the pavement slippery underfoot.

Bobby, by Brian Jacques

Now, looking back, he could remember the first time

He had ever seen Bobby.

It was a bitter winter night in min-January.

He’d been coming home from the pub,

The snow was being driven into drifts by a howling wind.

Ice made the pavement slippery underfoot.

Bobby, by Brian Jacques

Now, looking back, he could remember the first time

He had ever seen Bobby.

It was a bitter winter night in min-January.

He’d been coming home from the pub,

The snow was being driven into drifts by a howling wind.

Ice made the pavement slippery underfoot.

It wasn’t a fit night for man nor beast to be out in.

 

Yeah, that’s when he’d first met Bobby.

The dog had followed him, slinking and cringing,

Always about ten feet behind him,

Right from outside the alehouse, along the main road, and up the street

He stopped and turned to get a good look at it.

 

It was only a puppy, really, about four months old.

Its tail and ears drooped in the wind-driven whiteness.

It wasn’t a particularly good looking hound, either.

A little mongrel, no pedigree,

Just the usual 57 varieties.

Probably it had been given to some kid as a Christmas present

And slung out unwanted, when the holidays were over.

 

He’d stared at the dog; the dog had stared back at him.

It took a pace backward, as if expecting him

To aim a boot at it.

Poor little beggar.

You could have played “Rule Britannia” on its ribs.

“Here ya are, come on old fellah.”

He crouched in the snow, held out his hand

To the freezing, half-starved pup.

It hesitated a second.

Then, as if it sensed everything would be okay,

It shook its head, wagged its drooping tail,

And trotted slowly up to him.

 

He patted it, and scratched behind its ears as he talked.

“Hello there, old fellah- where you from?

Been slung out, have ya?”

The puppy came closer into him,

As if he could protect it

From the cold, hostile world.

 

That was a lot of years ago now.

He’d taken the puppy home with him,

And named it Bobby.

Not for any particular reason, other than

It looked like a Bobby,

And always came when the name was called.

It was a good little dog,

Quite clean, and didn’t need a lot of looking after, either.

One decent meal a day and a bowl of water-

Oh, and a saucer of tea every morning-

Proper ole fashioned, Bobby was.

Always liked his saucer of tea with his dad.

 

You know, when you come to think of it, he thought,

It wasn’t much.

A bit of scoff, and a drink.

Somewhere warm and dry for it to kip every night.

But the returns he got from that dog Bobby!

 

It had been a companion

Always ready to wag its tail and be stroked.

And if he ever felt depressed or fed up,

There was Bobby, gazing at him with those

Soft, gentle dog’s eyes,

The old tail going twenty to the dozen.

It never failed to cheer him up.

 

Bobby was his mate.

Someone he could tell his troubles and his dreams to.

But Bobby had been dead about six months now.

They’d been inseparable, went everywhere together.

 

What was it that fellah had said in the pub?

“Dogs are only animals and they haven’t got a soul.”

 

He smiled to himself, and thought

Just shows how much that fellah knows,

Doesn’t it?

~~O~~

If there any lines repeated, it's my fault. And here's the link to the blog: https://wanderingtree.wordpress.com/
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Re: Bobby, by Brian Jacques
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2015, 12:09:35 PM »

Am teared up now
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Re: Bobby, by Brian Jacques
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2015, 02:27:05 AM »

Sounds like the inspiration for Castaways of the Flying Dutchman.
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Re: Bobby, by Brian Jacques
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2015, 05:39:31 PM »

I only remembered this topic now. Thanks, Dylan.  :)

Sounds like the inspiration for Castaways of the Flying Dutchman.

That's true. I'm not sure that Bobby was real, but if he was, that would be great.
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Re: Bobby, by Brian Jacques
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2015, 06:52:13 PM »

Wow, great poem! I'd never read it before, but I'm glad I have now :)

Thanks for sharing this!
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Re: Bobby, by Brian Jacques
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2015, 11:51:47 PM »

Considering Brian went to like every pub in town, and this features a pub, mebbe based on real events
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Re: Bobby, by Brian Jacques
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2016, 08:57:58 PM »

Considering Brian went to like every pub in town, and this features a pub, mebbe based on real events

True. It is sad.
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Re: Bobby, by Brian Jacques
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2016, 01:44:41 PM »

You can hear audio of Brian Jacques reciting this poem, and others, here:
http://redwall.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:LordTBT/News:Brian_Jacques_BBC_recordings
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Re: Bobby, by Brian Jacques
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2016, 03:51:24 PM »

You can hear audio of Brian Jacques reciting this poem, and others, here:
http://redwall.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:LordTBT/News:Brian_Jacques_BBC_recordings

Thanks a lot, Lord TBT! :)
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