SWING TIME.

You were with Janice / in Jail Park / two kids / looking for kicks / and Janice said / Can you push me / on the swings? / and you said / …

UNWANTED WEALTH.

On the way home from school / you and Helen stopped / and looked in the window / of the pie and eel shop / where a man was cutting off he…

UNCLE FRED AND THE SAND DANCE

Your Uncle Fred / on Christmas Eve / at Gran’s house / when you were a kid / did the sand dance / wearing an old fashion / man’s stripe…

HELEN AND YOU AND A BAG OF CHIPS.

After school / after tea / of bread and jam / a mug of tea / and a slice of cake / you met Helen / under the railway bridge / in Rock…

YOUNG TRAITOR.

Gran said / you can come with us / to the fair / Janice said / Provided your mum agrees / of course but Gran’s / already asked your mum…

JANICE AND YOU AT WATERLOO STATION

At Waterloo Station / the steam engines / puffed powerful steam / reaching up / to the rooftop / and you stood there / hands in your p…

OUTSIDE THE CINEMA.

After tea / you went out / into the summer evening / without cowboy hat / or rifle / but your six shooter / tucked in the belt / of you…

NO BOMBS HERE.

Gran said it isn’t safe / to walk about the bombsites / Janice said / as you walked with her / off of Meadow Row / towards the bombed ou…

SCAVENGING FOR COAL.

At the back / of the coal wharf / you and Fay / picked up coal pieces / that fell through / the iron railings / and put them / in an …

AUNT EDNA AND HER BLACK MASK.

Your Aunt Edna / had asthma / and she carried around / a big black / asthmatic mask / which frightened / the life out of you / especi…

THE BOMBED OUT BUTCHER’S SHOP.

On the third day / of the holidays / you met Janice / half way up Bath Terrace / at the entrance to the flats / where she lived with he…

BOMBSITE CONVERSATION

Fay sat beside you / on the concrete stairs / of Banks House / looking out / into the Square / where young girls / played skip rope /…

JANICE AND YOU AND SHARED LOVE

Janice met you / as you walked / across the bombsite / from the New Kent Road / to Meadow Row / you watched / as she trod / carefully…

JANICE AND YOU AT LONDON BRIDGE.

It was the fourth day / since the break up / from school / for the summer vacation / and you were riding / with Janice / on the bus /…

GROWING UP BEFORE TIME.

You stood outside / the ABC cinema / with Helen looking / at the framed photographs / of the stills / from the film / then showing / …

TO GO OR NOT TO GO.

There’s a fun fair / on the bombsite / off Meadow Row / you told Fay / that Friday / on the way home / from school / and she said / I c…

STANDING BESIDE FAY ONE SATURDAY.

It was Saturday morning / and Fay stood beside you / on the balcony of the flats / looking over the Square / she pointed at the baker / …

THE GUN.

The gun was tucked / into the belt / of your jeans / the hat (your father’s / borrowed trilby) / pushed to the back / of your head…

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