A Day Out In London Town

A Day Out In London Town

A Poem by Alan S Jeeves

A sad poem about the homeless of London, England (and indeed the homeless everywhere in the world).

Cor blimey it's London! ~ a wet winter's day,
The stream in the gutter swills fancies away.
'Eavens  'ave opened, the wind 'n' the rain,
All of your credence is washed down the drain.

A walk by the river that rolls along still;
You turn up your collar to turn out the chill.
Owd Father Thames is right showin'  'is age
By slushy pavin'  along the Bird Cage.

The electric of neon, flashin'  aglow,
It lights up the shadows, it lights up Soho.
A sidestep down Dean Street where philosophers roam
And then passin'  the lodgin'  ~  once Karl Marx's   'ome.

Street vendors are weathered, soaked to the skin,
'Ot chestnut sellers are sizzlin'  within;
And corners and alleys where umbrae of bright
Drape faces of 'arlots, the girls of the night.

Along past the Palace, the digs of our Queen,
She's doin'  quite nice, if you knows wot I mean?
No time to visit  'er,  no time to call,
Gawd bless   'er Majesty;  Gawd bless us all.

So, it's back  'ome at nightfall, the place where I sleep;
Where my bed is sufficient to make Jesus weep.
By the sacrosanct soup kitchen down by the docks...
Which is just up the road from me owd cardboard box.

Sub pallio sordido sepientia

© 2022 Alan S Jeeves

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Catch a poem to London , I lived there years ago , I had a brilliant return journey

Posted 2 Days Ago

Stuart Munro

2 Days Ago

Hi Alan , we were a band of musicians from Dorset , who went to London to be rich and famous lol, f.. read more
Alan S Jeeves

2 Days Ago

I was rich and famous in Yorkshire, Stuart, and went to London and ended up broke. If your chinaman .. read more
Stuart Munro

2 Days Ago

Lol, you could say that , his name was Ish ,
He did a great cover of Blue suede shoes , he w.. read more
These lines have such a Victorian feel about them, but they are also relevant to current times too. Just goes to show that not much changes. As a Londoner I felt quite at home here in these stanzas with its cor blimeys:) Reminded me so much of how all four of my Grandparents spoke. Although I studied Latin for two years in my youth, I did not understand the final line. A fine composition Alan. You write very well indeed.


Posted 1 Week Ago

Alan S Jeeves

1 Week Ago

You are, of course, correct Chris - nothing changes, here we are in 2022 and so many homeless people.. read more

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Added on June 23, 2022
Last Updated on June 23, 2022


Alan S Jeeves
Alan S Jeeves

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

I live among the Pennine Hills near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England. I was, though, born in Nelson, Lancashire., England. My days are spent writing, arranging and playing music - and also writing .. more..