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Poem: Our High Street Shops Are Gone.

Updated on February 1, 2015
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The Shops On Our High Street Have Gone

I look along our street these days and shake my head in wonder, the shops are gone, the lights are gone and lives are split asunder. The Big Shop came just down the road, the people went to try it, the shops now on our street are closed and they cannot deny it.

First the yellow lines appeared and so there was no parking, the Big Shop sold the things they did and yes, they offered parking. The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick maker, the Jeweller, the Cobbler, the Florist, all gone from our street, no friends left to meet, the Big Shop well that's open longer.

I don't worry for I'm in no hurry, business is good here for me. My shop's on the corner, ten years on this corner. I'm the Undertaker you see.


© 2013 Graham Lee

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Hi Graham.

      Nice little story. I was nodding my head at what you where saying, about all the shop leaving or closing down. That was when I walked straight into your last sentence, ouch!

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ghaelach. Great to hear from you! Thanks for your visit and comments. I'm glad it worked, I was hoping that the last line would surprise.

      Graham.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, a sad reality, and yes, one would stay in business no doubt in that line of work! Great write with a good twist at the end.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello again Faith Reaper. Thank you for your valued visit and comments. I'm glad you liked the twist at the end. Thank you for the votes and sharing.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I suspect you will always be in business, Graham. :) Boy, you captured modern cities pretty well. We have a lot of the closed signs in our town, and I find it sad. :) Anyway, good job!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Thank you Bill, as always your comments are appreciated.

      Graham.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a twist at the end. I didn't see it coming and you are so right, stores closing on every street but the ' undertaker ' is always busy. I really enjoyed this piece..Thank you...

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great piece. thank you. With 247 funerals under my belt, there is a double sadness to your words.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      It is sad that all our small shops are closing down. Shops where we always got a warm welcome and a smile.

      Yes that last line took me by surprise too, there always will be business for the undertaker.

      Well done

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Graham. This had a clever twist in the tail, certainly not a dead end job undertaking is it ? Have a great weekend and I hope it´s warming up a bit for you, glorious day here and for a change since Christmas, no gales blowing me about :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Hi Graham I enjoyed your poem;it was true ,clever and certainly had the final punch!!!I vote up,across and share.

      Brilliant my friend and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Absolutely brilliant, but I guess the big stores will get in on the undertaking soon- clubcard exchange points for your coffin. We went to a market town Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. There were so many shops that had shut down and only half the market stalls there used to be. Why pay to park in town when you can go around the Supermarket? But it isn't the same, is it?

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sigh..quite the compact yet powerful little ditty here sir!

      Very much enjoyed the words - the message is still so sad, though..

      Glad you're doing well..

      lol

      up and sharing forward..

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Love it! Well observed with a bitter end, sharing!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Your take on this phenomenon is humorous, but it has a serious side as well. Here in the U.S., "high street" translates to "main street." In the wake of the big box stores, particularly WalMart (which I boycott with almost religious fervor for its terrible practices), small shops--particularly of the mom-and-pop variety--have disappeared. They simply can't compete. Prices may be less in the big stores, but quality is usually inferior and customer service non-existent.

      Don't think the undertaker (or mortician) is totally safe from "takeover." I don't doubt greedy WalMart will start selling discount coffins at some point and, when they do, will probably open up an embalming kiosk as well!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Annie. I am glad you liked this one. Sunday 10.20 am. Cold but lovely clear skies, were talking about holidays in Spain / Majorca this morning, maybe in April. We need some sunshine!

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Good morning Eddy. Glad you liked this one. A lovely Sunday morning with some sunshine!

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Good morning CASE1WORKER. Thank you for your visit and valued comments. Yes, I am afraid it is the same everywhere now. The fabric of society is being lost for ever. I have read you hubs and I am now following you. Well done.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      HI AND THANKYOU TO EVERYONE, SORRY I HAD A 'GLICH' SOMEWHERE I WAS UNABLE TO ANSWER.

      ALWAYS EXPLORING.

      MAD HATTER.

      ROSEMAY 50.

      IM KARMA.

      PEANUTRICIOUS.

      JAYE WISDOM.

      Thank you all for your visits, comments and votes.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Above GLITCH now corrected. Apologies again to everyone.

      Graham.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Clever hub, unexpected ending. How sad but true that small shops are going out of business. I prefer those type of shops to big box stores anyday. Voted up and awesome:)

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Gypsy 48. Thank you for your valued visit. I am glad that you liked the hub. Thank you so much for your comments and votes.

      Graham.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Graham, I just was not prepared for the twist at the end. Very enjoyable read.

      Voted it as awesome, my friend.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi rajan. Thank you for your valued visit and comments.

      Graham.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It makes me sad to see the little shops being pushed out by the big box stores. I miss the owners and shop keepers and often wonder how they are making out. I liked the ending to your poem.

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      You probably didn't mean it as such, but this made me nostalgic for streets I recall. When I was a kid I sometimes went with my father on Saturday mornings for a walk in the neighborhood business district. Usually we went to the drug store--the old fashioned kind with a soda fountain, magazine rack and run by people who lived in the neighborhood. We would go to the Hobby shop where he bought sculpting tools, we went to the barber shop where he would get a haircut and sometimes I did too. The barber lived in the country and raised horses which is probably why dad went there, because he was crazy about horses.

      The street is still there but most of those business are gone.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      High Susan. Thank you so much for your visit and welcome comments.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Don. Yes I meant it to be a lament on the loss of the fabric of society. It is such a shame that progress always obliterates the past. Thanks for your visit and comments.

      Graham.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      hi old albion,

      I understand how it must feel to losse shops that meant so much to

      you since bigger corporations decided to buy them out or to simply take over

      just so they could make money. It has happened everywhere. And I'm afraid that it

      will be never ending. thanks for this insightful hub.

      Voted up and Sharing

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi torrylin. Thank you for your visit and comments as well as votes and sharing. I do appreciate them. Yes. they call it progress but what of the cost to society.

      Graham.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      That was lovely to read and it's such a shame that stores we have known for decades have gone. Sometimes, I blame the current government but this is not the place for me to discuss politics. :-)

      Glad to know you are still standing.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Lady E. Thank you for your valued visit and welcome comments. Yes, I fear the fabric of society is slowly being torn down. They call it progress but as I have said before, it seems to obliterate what has gone before. 'Tis a shame say I.

      Graham.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is a wonderful poetic reflection on a sad fact of life! Luckily we also still have our little corner shop but for how much longer? When I look at the nearest kind of big town, many of the old names have gone - Woolworth etc and I'm puzzled by the ones that have taken over - just how many take-aways and hairdressers does one small town need? Hell, even the old pubs are closing!

      I loved your hub Graham and your insightful poetry - wonderful! Voted up!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Helen. Thank you for your visit. Yes, thing are changing everywhere. Not for the better in so many instances. Thank you for the votes.

      Graham.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Graham, voted up, awesome, and interesting. I know this is relatable to many different people. Our town has suffered the same fate. They built a big mall 3 miles up the road and now town looks life a ghost town. As you mentioned, when you think about the lives involved, it really is sad. Truly, it is an ending of an era for many that are not able to compete against big companies. Well done.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ricky. Thanks for your visit and comments. Yes, it's happening everywhere I'm afraid.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ricky. Thanks for your visit and comments. Yes It's happening everywhere I'm afraid.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Ricky. Sorry duplicated by mistake.

      Graham.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Amen to that! It's a shame that this seems to be happening everywhere. What saddens me most is that it takes away the personal side of the friendly local shop which gets in those special things for individual customers. If you don't fit the mold, then 'tough!' What a shame. Good observations. Up and funny (though sad). Ann

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      High Ann. Thank you for your valued visit and comments. You are so right, it is a shame that the very fabric of our society is being lost in this way. I hope things will change in the future. Thanks again.

      Graham.

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