Pat Francis: “After a lifetime (nearly) of reading poetry I took the plunge into writing it. Paekakariki Press are publishing a small book, of poems drawn from memory and history: ‘Recalling London East’.”
The pavement rang sharp and clear
at each clip-clop of steel-tipped boots.
Little spurts of sparks flew; sound
of steel, flash of fire as men and boys
went to work that bent their backs.
‘But WHY can’t girls wear Blakeys?‘
I asked my mother, sulky. If she had responded
with birthday boots I would have
danced my way along the singing streets
sparking my steel-capped joy.
note: Blakeys were the caps attached to boots to strengthen them
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