Straight out of Woolwich

Written 2017. Of course the title is a take off from Straight Outta Compton by NWA

you and I walk out to the Thames bank
the coffee shop had pumped us with caffeine
for us to observe the water
boats, birds, the ferry

across the bank a park
green oasis
the sugar factory up the river
industry down

our phones are quiet
and we chat about the river
about the boats
about lost loves

we walk easily towards the ferry
soon the over half a century year old boat
rumbles around us
as we sit on the wooden benches

it repeats the journey across
a worn furrow in the water
as it has done thousands of times
as many others will do

this journey, repeated
not you and I
but others and others
many many times, again and again

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