Bermondsey Square
On
a plot
of land
less than an acre


near
from
where
I live

happily

cross by
St Mary Magdalen's
there

we shrouded our dead
and
where

an ancient antiques market

under Charter
still
fares

if barely exists

Steal it at 12
buy it by 6

and Kurds
and Afghans
Nigerians
Bengalis
trade

me a white man
out numbered

pleased

not
ever
afraid
of where I
live

one friend
from the
cool mountains
cuts my hair

the Southwark
burghers
built
a block of flats
in cold cement

a supermarket
and
an arts
house
cinema
in deadly
life lost
brick

A cheap deal
two for one

Plastic

a little
thick

All the while
cheaper

local
artists

plaster the
boards
outside

with their art

their hearts

I collect some of it

here

and suggest

now
it should
be taken inside

God bless these
poets

oddly
and all they do

With their paint
their spray
and their stencils

It is for me
and for you

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