Sunday, January 15, 2017

While up in Epping Forest for the day

While up in Epping Forest for the day 
We met an old bloke fishing. We chatted 
and he showed my boy his pot of maggots 
and his line. And when he left he waved to us. 
Ta-ra, he said. See you, ta-ra.” Ta-ra?
I haven’t heard that said since I was young,
in the Co-op on the high street. Ta-ra,
the checkout girl said to my mum. And outside
in the street, this tramp gave me a wink.
I’ve kept that wink for my entire life