There is an elderly woman who walks very carefully
With one black shoe
And one white shoe
I wonder whether it’s intentional.
There is a cat with the same colouring
Sleeping next to the watermelons outside the corner shop.
There is a house with a red door
That is sometimes visited by angry people
Wanting to be let in to
“Smash his fucking head in.”
We watched children peering out of the top window
At the scene on the street
And wondered whether to call the police.
(They came within the hour.)
Parents drop their whining children off at the ‘pre-preparatory school,’
(In a couple of years, they’ll be at their prestigious private place),
While college kids drop stink bombs on the 177.
Bellenden Road always makes me laugh,
And the graffiti on Highshore Road that says “AREST ME”
Always makes me want to correct it
But I’d probably get caught doing it.
Then it would be me getting arrested.
Southwark council probably wouldn’t appreciate the alteration anyway.
Words and image, Dora Hemming