But They Loved Their Dear Old Mum by P.A. Levy.

the old outlaws on the big screen
mile end odeon were nostalgically
handsome even their shadows
were larger than life
but hollywood noir heroes
are thin on the ground down
the ratcliff highway and
petticoat lane market

every girl worth a second glance
gets the hots for a bad’un it’s an
unwritten rule as is not being a grass to
the boys in blue
she knows that to twirl a curl and bat
a lash even for a mystery psychopath
dapper dressed in black is where it’s at
then down the blind beggar
sipping a port and lemon with

the krays who wore suits from saville row
don’t you know
who were photographed by bailey
were must have guests for
any hip and happening champagne party
had they not been incarcerated for
another decade or two
there would have been
a book deal a spread in hello maybe
even a slot on the telly

god bless our east end villains
salt of the earth
from the very streets jack the ripper
done his best work

Born East London but now residing amongst the hedge mumblers of rural Suffolk, P.A.Levy has been published in many magazines, from ‘A cappella Zoo’ to ‘Zygote In My Coffee’ and stations in-between.  He is also a founding member of the Clueless Collective and can be found loitering on page corners and wearing hoodies at www.cluelesscollective.co.uk

Born East London but now residing amongst the hedge mumblers of rural Suffolk, P.A.Levy has been published in many magazines, from ‘A cappella Zoo’ to ‘Zygote In My Coffee’ and stations in-between. He is also a founding member of the Clueless Collective and can be found loitering on page corners and wearing hoodies at http://www.cluelesscollective.co.uk

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