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  • She said she wasn't feeling very well
    And had to be admitted for a spell.
    Boxing Day evening in 75,
    One of the last times I saw her alive.
    We'd been to my Nan's for a Christmas meal.
    It was late, she said she started to feel
    Exhausted and that it was time to leave,
    And the cold night air would help her to breathe.
    My Dad helped her on with her fake fur coat
    Then events took a more serious note.
    From the front door of my Nan's maisonette
    I saw a sight I've tried hard to forget.
    Descending the stairs for Mum was a strain.
    Her contorted face said she was in pain.
    Cautiously on to the handrail she gripped,
    Nearing the bottom she fell back and slipped.
    Worn out and in agony she cried.
    She couldn't stand, no matter how she tried.
    My Grandfather gave 999 a call,
    An ambulance took her to hospital.
    Sat in a wheelchair they drove her away.
    She died six weeks later, on a Thursday.

    (c)15/10/08 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, The Chav Bird Song as played by David Rodigan on Kiss 100 FM, Complete and Utter Banker Song tweet@theblackcabpoet
    THE BLACK CAB POET A Collection of Poems available at Amazon on Kindle
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