Autumn in Our Place

25 weeks now in lockdown

springtime full of sunny days

quiet roads and streets like the 50s

the shock of Covid

new ways of living

In Our Place


So many quiet days wondering

“Ast bin men bin”

or postie with his sack

Will I see anyone today

its ‘angin’ ain’t it

In Our Place


Summer of much hotter days

too pants for me

too humid inside or out

Sometimes the relief of rain couching down

with thunder plumps flowing into

ginnels and back yards

the local park’s metal dinosaur glistening after in the sun

In Our Place


Brews a plenty throughout

Ham barms spread with butter

Fish and chips and peas with pea wet

from the Top O’ Th’ Cross Chippy

for a chippy tea

And then pubs opening

lots enjoying a few scoops

In Our Place


All those scallys in downing street

are they just demic with

U-turns too many to count

It is so bobbins this Covid

it’s well bad

In Our Place


Autumnal days cooler shorter

still in lockdown

will it be sorted

by the London Bell Ends

or will it get dead worse

In Our Place


On Florizel Street

people like us continue

bessies supporting each other

however mingin’ it is

We are still buzzin’ for life

you don’t get owt for nowt

In Our Place

– Pauline Smith


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