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  • On a sprawling authority estate
    She realised her prospects weren't that great.
    There wasn't much for this young girl to do
    But run with posses, hang out with some crew.

    Parts of London are incredibly dark,
    Your life's on the edge, reality's stark.
    Environments of pent up aggression.
    High unemployment, social depression.

    A neighbourhood that's overrun by thugs
    Where hoodies fight for turf and deal in drugs.
    A disenfranchised lost community
    Where postcode designates identity.

    Few opportunities and little choice.
    No one listens; they feel they have no voice.
    Criticised by every detractor
    Their boredom's an underlying factor.

    She didn't want to join the procession
    That sees it as natural progression,
    Smoking crack and relying on the state.
    She decided that this was not her fate.

    So she took up acting, music and dance,
    Hoping somehow this would give her a chance.
    Studies music, two instruments, she plays
    Her investment in time and effort pays.

    She's the only one from her group of friends
    Who's broke the mould and gone against the trends.
    In the tunnel but closer to the light
    Thanks to her drive, her self belief and fight.

    Despite it all the London that she sees
    Is still a place that holds so many keys,
    Unlocking doors that lead to better stuff,
    But you have to value yourself enough.

    (c)17/10/10 MICHAEL DENNIS 'The Black Cab Poet' As featured on and the inspiration for The Janice Long Spoken Word Sessions B.B.C. Radio 2, 18/04/12. Over 40 poems read out on Steve Allen's Early Morning Breakfast Show L.B.C. 97.3FM. Featured on the Jeni Barnett Show B.B.C. Radio London 94.9FM 29/5/11, in an article in The Metro 06/05/08, in Will Self's article in The Standard 20/05/08, on L.B.C.'s Nightly News 06/05/08 and on John Pienaar's Politics Show B.B.C. 5 Live 9/10/11. The Chav Bird Song as played by David Rodigan on Kiss 100 FM, Complete and Utter Banker Song
    Supported by The OLD VIC NEW VOICES
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