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by Drew May

Cobblestones, shellacked with time,
narrow streets, tall chimneys, soot,
roofs of asphalt caked with lime,
tallowed windows, rewarding loot.

Narrow streets, tall chimneys, soot,
hatred monsoons cannot detain,
tallowed windows, rewarding loot,
miscreants sing vicious refrain.

Hatred monsoons cannot detain,
dirty archways with no audience,
miscreants sing vicious refrain,
destroying youth’s permanence.

Dirty archways with no audience,
tall peaks of decadent wealth,
destroying youth’s permanence,
behind plate glass, decaying health.

Innocence burgled in the night,
roofs of asphalt, caked with lime,
London sleeping not quite right,
cobblestones, shellacked with time.


Author's Note: A rhyming pantoum for a city that has a history.

Posted on 12/07/2010
Copyright © 2022 Drew May

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Nadia Gilbert Kent on 12/08/10 at 05:28 PM

This is pretty great. You have an excellent sense of rhythm.

Posted by Adam Dyson on 12/11/10 at 03:57 PM

Very nicely contructed and evocative.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/26/11 at 06:17 AM

Pantoum away my friend. Love the tight construction and truly unique use of dancing repetition. A definite add to favorites!

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