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Journey Through North London - a Poem

Updated on December 22, 2016
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I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues

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.

Crouch End Clock Tower, North London
Crouch End Clock Tower, North London | Source

Here it is - Journey Through North London

Just a little local tour


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

London Calling on YouTube

This punk rock song has retained its popularity over the years, but still has a slightly nostalgic quality.

They don't make them like that any more (some might say "Good")!

Video - London's Calling by The Clash

A Romantic View of Tescos in North London - A startling sunset

A huge warehouse supermarket, Tesco's - one of the most popular and successful supermarkets in England. This is a fairly unusual view across the car park
A huge warehouse supermarket, Tesco's - one of the most popular and successful supermarkets in England. This is a fairly unusual view across the car park | Source

Licorice All Sorts Made in North London

The most famous Licorice All Sorts are made by Barretts Sweet Factory, which used to be in Wood Green, North London, not far from Alexandra Palace.

The sweet factory has now been transformed into a gigantic arts studio, called The Chocolate Factory, where many different types of artisan, from artists to sculptors and crafters can hire a studio short-term or long-term. There's a cafe and regular public exhibitions and performances.

Licorice All Sorts


A London Bus Passing the Odeon Cinema in a North London Suburb


Do leave a comment here - It's good to get feedback and know who has visited my "Journey Through North London"

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Diana, I enjoyed the poem which gave a personalized account of travelling through London. As someone who has never been there I found it interesting, however I imagine people who are familiar with the city could relate more.

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      Diana, you are wonderful, loved your poem, it could about Anywhere in an area Anywhere, but from your pictures I can see that London is beautiful. Wonderful videos.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I loved your photos and poem. It's nice to see a "local's" take on any big event!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      really enjoyed your poem - felt like I was right there with you when I read it

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @greenspirit: So you know what I'm talking about - glad you recognize it!

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      I've just been walking around the landscape of your poem...Been to the dentist across from the Woodman by Highgate Tube (very good bloke), and picked up a long lost book that Ripping Yarns sourced for me...hurrah; one good thing outweighs a host of ills!

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @David Stone1: Yes, I love Covent Garden, especially the open air entertainment and craft markets.

      I thought the Olympic opening ceremony would be good, but it exceeded all my expectations, and I was spellbound - brought tears of pride to my eyes.

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      I love London â was there this spring â and although we're more Covent Garden types, I saw this as an invitation to spread our wings northward on the next visit.

      Good luck with the Olympics. I hope they're going as well as they seem to be on television here.