This Public Bar in Ladybank ©
by Robbie Kennedy Bennett
Old pictures of a local scene,
Where they may have passed by or may have been,
On this day, I’m pleased to say,
I walked into a bar in Ladybank.
Ladybank Tavern I had found
Where my roots and relations were once around,
I saw this pub, by the railway line in Ladybank.
What would the old folk have thought if they could see me here?
In this place politely ordering a pint and a half of Tennents beer.
She told me it was the Railway Tavern
For many years before,
Then I heard some local voices talking,
As they came in through the roadside door.
In Ladybank Tavern my imagination then made me see,
In the company of relations passed,
They all surrounded me.
Some had seen two wars and more,
Am I local as voices by the roadside door?
In a public bar, by the railway line in Ladybank.
In Ladybank Tavern in the month of May,
I drank a beer for all that day.
But they have all passed on and gone,
So I drink my pint and travel on.
But on this day, I’m pleased to say,
I was in Ladybank.
Edited by May
Robbie has written some other delightful poems about Fife - some of which are on this site. But do check out his own site RKB Poetry