I left a piece of myself here 
this place holds me to ransom for it
I need to physically come back to find it
I need to return to appease my soul
although time softens the memories 
whatever this place has become
where-ever I have moved on to
I must come back here!

...when I do come back
when I am here
places summon memories
recollections long burried
memories from deep within
once thought lost
return to me
and then...
then street names have meanings 
faces recognise my face
fourty years disappear
and I seem to belong again

I drift back
and find connections with these streets
these buildings
this place
this feeling somehow becomes mine
I reminiscence on things I did
things I was!

There is a piece of me here
...I have a history with this place they call... 


alarm unheeded
distant side street calling
light traffic unexpected 
iced frapaccino cafes busy
oat milk hot chocolate froth
croissant vegan option
outside tables sun calling
Sunday morning after Saturday night
starting slowly disorganized 
pyjama supermarket dashes
bare feet eggs milk bread
under table pigeons 
at feet crumbs feed
mobile phone swimmers wrapped 
trapped napkin chilly wind blowing
hand-over parents
children swap riding scooters
dog walking prams pushing
electric bike child trailers
Instagram skinny-lattes
shopping flowers potted plants
normal city Sunday start
a day like any

A Sportier Model

A family estate 
an older model
one which has let itself go
past it's best - you know
miles on the clock
carrying a bit of history - eyes up a sportier
younger model 
across the forecourt
mmm, thinks he'd fancy a test drive with that
or even better
what about a trade-in
he'd always fancied a soft top 
an easily convertable model
a sharp looking 
quick off the mark model
maybe the slightly higher mileage means
she's well run-in
a model with a pedigree 
with great handling
great bodywork - nice curves
a well dressed model
well maintained!

The family estate looks again
but then decides against it - can't afford it anyway
drives off 
only to miss the spectacle 
as the sporty model lowers its top on the forecourt
and leaves - topless 
into the setting sun 

...and the moment has passed!


What are you doing?
Why aren't you doing something?
Because I'm busy doing nothing!
Shouldn't you find something to do?
Well, because...
Anyway I am doing something
...OK, what?
I'm sitting quietly, 
listening to the birds
recharging my batteries...


Troubled Town

This troubled 
tower blocks
satellite dishes adorn
prisons minus wardens
piss scented stairwells 
lifts - broken 
lives - broken
children - feral 
housing benefit existence 
dole queue fathers
locked up
social workers given up
dawn raids
benefit druggies
grow your own
dealers pushing
blacklisted postcode
takeaway chip shop
alcoholic at the "One Stop"
shutters - locked all night
cashiers - screened all day
panic the panic button 
broken the window 
the hooky fags
bent gear
but police don't bother this 
piss scented
tower block
dawn raid


Why is it that when the clocks go forward  - we must
always forget, the one clock to adjust
and where does darkness, in morning, go
and, can one have a small big toe?
And when it rains you always stand
where that huge raindrop wants to land
And why is it when you've just washed your car
the incontenent seagulls are never too far?
And why, if you look for the coin you drop
you have to dismantle the half of the shop
to find the coin, now disappeared 
on hands and knees making you look all weird
the money gods telling you to 'take a hike'
you know you are not going to find the coin you'd like 
The week you wanted off went to Steve from HR
and the week that you were given, you crashed your car 
although you said it wasn't of your doing
your insurance company tell you, it's you they're suing!
And why, of all the things your little toe could hit
why does your toe hit, the solid bit
And who was 'sod' - and what's his law
and why doesn't 'Murphy' know what it's for
I think it's to do with all you've just read
quite why it can't go right instead
I know not so,
...(Sigh) so I'm off to bed!

(because me toe hurts!)