History’s yellow pages

History’s yellow pages

I ride the bus past Dockhead
           the church where my grandparents
celebrated 50 years of marriage
           the school where my father once taught

The bus turns into Tanner Street
           then heads down
onto Tower Bridge Road
           past Ruby’s nail salon
where so often you’d go
           on a Friday evening

From the upper deck of the bus
           I turn the yellowing pages of history
Old times and old places
           and so many faces long gone
but you and I were so happy here
           : how could I ever forget ?

John Lyons

 

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