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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, December 17, 2004
    Making a splash

    This is good to look at, great fun, and it's in the newly-reconditioned heart of the city - the fountain in Williamson Square. Kids play in it; folks gaze at it; at night it glistens, glitters, shines in the coloured lights at its base. And Roger McGough's playful little poem skips merrily around its edge:

    water is fountainous is gymnast is flash
    water is mountainous is scallywag is splash
    water is mysterious is playhouse is dream
    water is serious is stargazy is steam
    water is humorous is teardrop is serenade
    water is curious is careless is cavalcade
    water is sumptuous is rainbow is ecstatic
    water is tempestuous is babyface is erratic
    water is curvaceous is shipshape is piggyback
    water is flirtatious is scatterbrain is paddywhack
    water is mischievous is fidgety is chatterbox
    water is Liverpool is river is paradox

    Plenty more pics of this and other pieces of Liverpool public art at this site.