Neu!Boots DAY TWENTY-SEVEN -Nick Allen

Once Upon a Street in Yorkshire

there was a pub   there was a bookmakers
a post office and a library   a Co-op   and a butchers
there was a grocers and there was a bakers

the bus-stop on either side marked the start
or the end of the line   there were children
making their way to school   and there was a murder

there were cars parked intermittently
sometimes a van   or a truck unloading   double-parked
young men on motorbikes louder than sense

flowers wrapped in plastic   were tied to a lamp-post
and a smudged card   all condolence lost to wind and the rain
down the gutter   down the drain   and there was a murder

there were young mothers   side by side with pensioners
there were straight and gay and many who didn’t care anyway
a christian went into the butchers while a hindu

went into the library   a jew helped an old muslim woman
who was carrying her shopping in recycled bags that advertised
the local donkey sanctuary   and there was a murder

some atheists gathered   one said he was agnostic
but no one believed him  a teenage girl chewed gum
and flicked at her phone as she waited for friends

and there was a murder
a car blew its horn
and there was a murder

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