Canto XC

From this suburban hill, between each road,
the extremes of South London can be glimpsed.
A momentary glance to my left side

shows off the famous site for porcine blimps
that dotted the iconic Pink Floyd cover,
where yesterday our Mayor BoJo pimped

the latest Power Station makeover—
homes, businesses and jobs, jobs, jobs!
I look right to see smoky billows hover

above the burnished hues of Dulwich Wood,
perhaps a smoldering pile of leaves and branches,
but closer to me, just down the same road

the sudden scent of bacon sandwiches
blows up from a film crew’s catering van,
they must be shooting in the local houses—

another sitcom, condescending, bland.
you’ll catch it on a minor freeview channel
six mirthless episodes before it’s canned,

or maybe a tense thriller, starring an old
film actor, now signed up to ITV,
no longer needing The Method to channel

the hangdog spirit of a CID
inspector deciphering some cryptic kills.
It’s this or theater, dahlinks, no reprieve,

after those heartless bastards dropped The Bill.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Niall O'Sullivan
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 14:01:22

    Note to any international followers, The Bill was a daily police drama set in London that ran from the eighties and was cancelled a few years ago. It was a well known haven for bit parts for jobbing actors and major parts for actors on their way down after normally leaving a role in a popular soap opera.

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  2. peter litton
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 16:25:12

    This is a great read because it covers so many subjects. It sounds like the musings of a South London runner.

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  3. Benjamin Mackie
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 00:25:42

    Great little poem. Just of interest (not criticism), why do you use the US spelling of theatre?

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  4. Niall O'Sullivan
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 08:05:59

    Dunno, could be my brain, could be auto correct 🙂

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