Brown Leather Belt

Mooching in his man cave

My brother finds the belt

Nailed to a beam its work day done

As though upon a shelf

It used to be his father’s belt

And granddad’s before that

Brown leather belt on trouser duty

In pit and pub and that


Heirloom of the family

A strap for every day

Sure and reliable

Never known to sway

Buckle belt to keep you sound

All your working life

In fresh air or underground

Now it’s yours our Mike


Trouble is we all expand

Girth an issue here

He’d have to go in training

If he wished to use the gear

So today we just acknowledge

The work that it has done

And leave it where we found it

In a man cave in Bolton


Brian Fahy

31 May 2022

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