Tag: travel

By Green Park

Day-glo tourists and hoary men -
stiff in their dour ashen suits -
not much has changed
beyond Victoria's cast arches -

still a Queen and commoners
standoff and watch each other
from behind quick net curtains
and wrought iron barriers

as black cabs and red buses
match those travellers' hopes . . .

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07:33 Uckfield to London Bridge

It is a regular slog -
a rub of bodies
albeit freshly washed
within air-conditioned
warming-up carriages
Out of Oxted
and left to mute prayers
and fingering keyboards
instead of rosaries
by that ticket- greedy
high priest
And a sudden tunnel
is my utter immersion
in this commuter hell . . .

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14th February 2019

Held by a red signal in south London -
in a balloon of wifi - of library silence -
this being a price-hiked compartment -
a restricted remnant of empire days
still served up by rail franchisees

as our ticket collector mis-quotes WS -
Juliet's soft words as cuffed banter
towards serving . . .

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