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This Poem is just up your Street!

Posted in Inspiring poetry with tags , , , , on December 27, 2010 by echostains

Over here (England) our favorite soap Coronation Street recently celebrated its 50 year anniversary with a tram crash!  Why? well, because we’re like that up north:-D   Wrecked buildings, homelessness, death, injury, theft and resilience were the order of the day.  The residents rallied round – and the Christmas spirit reigned (well, in some households) regardless.

The oldest resident of the street is Ken Barlow, played by William Roach.  He read a special poem, penned especially by our own Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at the memorial service.  It’s a poem which everyone can identify with – regardless of which street you happen to live on!  Happy New Year!

If you don’t have time to watch the episode – here’s the poem:-

If someone could direct me to a street where I could stand
Cobbles beneath my feet tearful with rain;
The shadows of my hopes behind the stained- glass windows of a pub, ghosts –
I would turn up the collar of my coat, walk, number each small, terraced house by heart:
Birthplace; neighbours – hardman, hussy, haridan, hustler, hero, heroine –
Threshold, bride and groom as clueless of next year as Christmas Eve;
Or exit-place, a hearse, a raw and local grief…
Then I’d retrace my steps, perhaps a baby’s cry sharp as a sudden star nailed to the sky,
To stand now in this backstreet bar, nursing a beer
All my griefs, my gifts, and glad I live here.

poem from here Thanks!

Read the review about the Poet Laureate and Coronation Street here