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  • Here's one I thought i'd never have to write,
    A poem on the riots overnight.
    As I was lying safely in my bed
    Police helicopters hovered overhead.

    A shocking Summer's night of twists and turns,
    Hackney and Croydon, Clapham Junction burns.
    Peckham, Camden, Chalk Farm even Ealing!
    Hoodies looting, rioting and stealing.

    Newsmen on the T.V. Commentate
    And jumped up so called 'experts' speculate.
    Blanket coverage on our T.V. Screens,
    Depicting all manner of tragic scenes.

    They offer up their version of 'a truth'
    And theories why each disillusioned youth
    Would feel the need to run around a town
    Smashing windows, burning properties down.

    A Croydon business that's been there for years
    Razed to the ground as a baying mob cheers.
    Cars doubled parked in the street as they loot,
    Throwing their ill gotten gains in the boot.

    Trashing a bookies for kicks one and all,
    Ripping the plasma T.Vs off the wall.
    Steaming the streets with a menacing air
    Young disaffected kids without a care.

    This morning though we see another side.
    Demonstrations of community pride.
    The good people of London make a stand,
    That's totally spontaneous, unplanned.

    On Twitter someone posted an idea
    For decent folk to assemble and clear
    The mess that's been created overnight
    And doing what they can to put things right.

    The response was a pleasure to behold,
    Brooms and buckets converging thousandfold.
    “I'm so proud of you!” Boris did declare,
    As people waved their brushes in the air.

    The perpetrators must be brought to book
    We need to come down hard on every crook.
    We're not prepared to take this sitting down.
    There is no place for mob rule in this town.

    © 04/12/11 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
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