At each returning

senses highly attuned

Big Ben solemnly

announces hours to

boatmen and barbers

Covent Garden Apple

cabs and cafés

cosmopolitan cacophony

falafel or fish and chips to

spaghetti bolognese


halves and quarters are

Westminster Chimes over

houses of card in doorways

betwixt happier hotels

elegant architectural heights

museum and mausoleum and

millennium wheel

patisseries and palaces

picnics in Royal parks

seagulls over Leicester Square's

theatres and cinemas and

Tower Bridge walkways


unquantifiable wealth and

poverty and pavement art

umbrella emporium

Underground rumbling

weary workers

shuffling distractedly

bicycles in bus lanes

smoking and drinking in

streets outside bars

these are our London days