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Time Traveller

Would you like to be a 'Time' Traveller? A poem I have written recalls previous eras.

Our memory: confusing tool…
can often tease, and sometimes fool –
casting back in history’s fog,
like fishing in a treacherous bog –
it lands uncertain fish...

Invisible to all of human form,
I fly with ease: traverse the centuries new and old,
and blessed/cursed with this magic gift
am filled with awe at all that I behold.

So, Romfordonians, let me tell
just how it was; what fate befell
the poor and needy in long-gone days:
of their bitter taste of hell.

The butchers’ ‘Shambles’ welcomed flies,
their aired and salted meat too high.
The needy bought the cheapest cuts – they had no choice,
succumbed to illness – they had no voice.

But oh! The hurdy-gurdy man!
Excitement in the market place and
all around the stalls, now obsolete
of tallow chandlers, dealers selling metal toys, corn and seed.
But in ‘Brazier’s Yard ‘ – I see it with my aged eyes –
a child is dying, no-one is surprised…
for cholera has left its calling card again,
attacks the helpless, spares no pain.

I look down on this long-gone world
and see again the new;
with all its faults it beckons me –
I no longer feel the need to roam…
I sigh and smile and smile again,
for I am going home!

Meet The Author...
Joy Lennick
Who Am I?

Most important 'jobs:' wife and mother to three sons. Hooked on reading and writing from a young age (wrote a simple play in junior school: acted on the stage). Joined the library at seven and that was it; the love affair continues...

First worked as a junior secretary, then secretary. Favourite job: A publishing company, Kaye & Ward in the City of London.

Apart from the odd poem, letter and article in magazines, and one poem read on Bournemouth radio, had various poems published in anthologies and won a few prizes. Ran my own Poetry Club for a while. Published: Celtic Cameos & Other Poems.

Factual books published: Running Your Own Small Hotel, & Jobs in Baking & Confectionery (Kogan Page Ltd., London), Updated two other author's books. As Biographer:Hurricane Halsey (True adventure), Memoir: My Gentle War; Faction novel: The Catalyst. Several short stories published in WordPlay anthologies (one winning lst prize through 'Writing' magazine as the best writing circle anthology of 2012 in the UK). A Group Leader for Creative Writing for the U3A group in Torrevieja, Spain.
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