Journey Through North London - a Poem
My poem describes my trip through just a small part of London
The idea was to give a flavor of a very localized area, incorporating a little local history with a little local geography.
The poem was written to be read and performed to local communities who know and would recognize the roads, landmarks and shops along the way, but I think it might also appeal to a wider audience, particularly with the amount of interest focused on London recently because of Brexit.
Here it is - Journey Through North London
Just a little local tour
JOURNEY THROUGH NORTH LONDON
Late again. Food on teeshirt
Back inside to sponge it clean
Button cardi to hide wet blob.
Dash to car, plan route based on direction car is facing
to avoid a three-point turn.
Choose longer scenic route to avoid steep hill -
Car, like me, is old and doesn't pull.
Drive past my dentist - ugh - tooth out tomorrow,
Up past converted church, now gothic flats
(erstwhile venue of dib-dibbing Brownie packs)
Scrabble round to find pink lipstick. Put it on.
Don't do that, akin to talking on mobile phone.
Alexandra Park -
City of London spread below
sparkling with little shards of sunlight.
Past the audio shop where I sold my speakers
for more than expected - nice people.
Past the Pool where I sometimes swim
and once did a marathon for charity - couldn't do that now.
Into Crouch End where I used to work
(overlooking the Clock Tower before they took away
the public loo). Up to Church Studios -
what do all these abandoned houses
of God say about religious belief?
One of my best friends is a Christian. No matter.
Park on a double yeller, tumble out with my bags,
stumble into the waiting embrace
of Kwame the perky parking warden.
(c) By Diana Grant
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