MODERN WORKS 2020 ~ 11 – POEM 9

To celebrate the launch of my NEW booklet containing 16 diverse poems and essays entitled : MODERN WORKS 2020 – I am happy to offer a signed, printed hard-copy and FREE worldwide delivery. All but one of these 16 pieces are BRAND NEW WORKS completed during 2020.

This latest collection of written verse – MODERN WORKS 2020 – comes in the usual edenbray-pamphlet A5 format and is printed professionally and beautifully in a 36 page booklet style publication with a cream-stock card cover that I have self-published to my own specifications.

I am able to offer my 2020 Annual of Verse at an opening price of just £7.00 inc. post and packing for shipping to literally anywhere in the world. So please use the PAYPAL Link below to make your purchase or you can contact us by leaving a message in the comments box at the foot of this page or please email me directly – I would sincerely appreciate hearing from you and we will make sure you get a copy of my new book/pamphlet and also keep you up to date with any developments regarding my work.  – (please indicate if you would rather NOT receive emails concerning my work when you order)


Many thanks ~ edenbray


Finally, to Celebrate the launch of my NEW BOOK I am posting all 16 poems over 16 consecutive days RIGHT HERE on my edenbray-BLOG-SITE B  – TODAY  – the Poem – LONDON TOWN BY THE DIRTY WATER  : ~ 

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by edenbray

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Walked from the West End to Streatham once 

   we had been out on the razzle-dazzle

Lived there later, I knew London Town

  it’s back streets and its souvenir trail

I drew street women in art classes at St Martins

   met the tallest man in Britain

When Holborn, Longacre and Covent Garden

   still showed signs of  the forties war

The Garrick, Queens, Adelphi, Dominion

   the theatres were old and cold and lived-in


Salt-beef sandwiches on rye with mustard

   from the Turkish Bar in Garrick Street

Or the Sandwich-Man with spotless hands

   in his tiny shop of mirrors and three bar stools

Hamleys, The Wedgewood Shop down in Regents Street

   turn left at Oxford Circus, up the road

Past Selfridges and the Bond Street stores to Marble Arch 

   and heaven, which is Mayfair! – then left again

Down, opposite the Park, where the Bunnies hopped

   next to the elegant Dorchester Hotel!


So many the places, so many different coloured faces

   don’t forget to mention the art,

Walking over Waterloo Bridge to see the Messiah

   or the Moody Blues at the Festival Hall

The buildings, museums, stadiums and stations 

   and the dirty river, must not forget the dirty river

The old, cold river, the colour of liver and onions

   or the docks where it all started, this town

On the East-end side, north of the Tower 

   and Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich


We were St Dunstans kids in Surrey 

   ferried around in a greenline bus

A bus de-commissioned for trips such as this 

   it soon smelled of kid’s travel-sick and piss

Then in the middle of November

   in sixties mist with that drizzled rain

A trip to the Docks, its boats, warehouses, cranes

   children of under-11 on a day-trip with Mr Weston

I now know what ‘the Origins of London’ meant

  100 miles down from the town at Thames Head



‘. .. London Town by the purple water .. .’

About edenbray

I am a writer ... a beat poet who began writing poetry way back in 1966 ... 'edenbray is born ugly, wet, covered in blood, mucous & bodily functions, the effluence of my short life' ... I recently published my 1st solo Anthology - the best of 60 years writing - previously I ran my own Art Supplies Store for 40 yrs before I became a full-time writer I am a Blogger who has posted 1,000 poems - available in 24 themed booklets ... please ask for details + leave a 'like' or a comment for my encouragement, thank you so much for listening - I truly value your opinion on my work ~ in fact I literally survive on your creative input ~ edenbray
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