They’re stepping things up
closing things down
and keeping us safe in
old London town.

An old man told me
that the country
is going to the dogs,
I said,
not Walthamstow
closed years ago.

Pastimes are taken away every day,
a little bit here and dab on some fear
then they’ll take a little bit more.

When they close down the subway, the railway,
the day will be darker, the streets will be busier,
will we be any safer or just tired?

© 2020, John Smallshaw.