Terry Street revisited

Terry Street – Douglas Dunn wrote a series of Terry Street poems in the 60s – Terry Street has been demolished and rebuilt – it is none the better for it. 

they were young – and still are

but walk like old men

leaning on sticks

some struggle on crutches –

loaned from the Infirmary –

they never danced for joy and cannot now

their legs too stiff – their veins too brittle


the world was all before them

pleasant pathways open to them

they chose a dingy by-way

and over time their wandering steps

faltered them to Terry Street

where they congregate in squalor

awaiting the parousia

of Bath Salts and Spice


I wish them grass.

© coolhermit 2023
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Hi there,
“Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”… Really evocative verse. I was reminded of Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum. I hope there’s more to come.


Hope you’re back soon and nibb(l)ing away as I really enjoy your postings. I haven’t experienced any parousia since my divorce though.


you have a way of painting with words that lets us see it all, very much enjoyed this piece, love the end lines especially


It will be a pity to lose the fine poetry you post on here. I always look forward to see what you bring us every Monday and Friday. This one is a good example of your work, it brings to mind a Lowry painting for me.

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