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She come in ter the world as Mary Anne walker, 
But Polly Anne Nichols she took as 'er name.
Frough cicumstance she were a mistress of the night,
And pleasuring the feller's was 'er game.

This pertic'lar evenin' Polly,she were skint
So she went out t' plie 'er trade,
Altho' the night, it were dark and creepy,
Still- there were money ter be made.

She met up wiv some gentlemen,reg'lars she knew.
They said "Polly it's nice ter see yer out,
But be careful darlin' it's a filf'y night 
An' yer never know 'oo might be about.

She laffed and said "I can take care o' meself."
So they went and left 'er all alone.
Then she 'eard footsteps a stealf-like in the street,
An' saw somethin', made 'er shiver ter the bone.

It were dark an' thunderin',rain pourin' down.
No-one 'eard Polly scream in 'er plight.
Then a flash o light'nin' lit up the sky,
An' a glint o' steel shone red in the night.

They found 'er in Buck street the next mornin' 
'er froat it were cut from ear ter ear.
'Er guts a spilt out all over the place
In 'er eyes a look o' Gawd Almighty fear.....

Mary Anne Walker-'Polly'- was 'is first in 1888
Soon the pro's were warned when they went out,
"Watch, 'cause it aint safe in the streets o' London
Not now ol' JACK THE RIPPER, is about."

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  1. Date: 2/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Sylvia, a beautiful blessings with your creative top featured poem of the week. Take care and have yourself an excellent day... I know I sure am. :-) or should I say I will at least try. Always~ & ~ Forever*LINDA

  1. Date: 11/6/2010 9:26:00 PM
    excellent peace once again

  1. Date: 11/3/2010 10:33:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest, June! ..Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 11/1/2010 4:32:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 11/1/2010 12:57:00 PM
    Really outstanding, Sylvia. What a wonderful historical write. Congratulations on you well-deserved win in Deb's contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/1/2010 5:19:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win, Sylvia

  1. Date: 10/14/2010 5:32:00 PM
    Hi, Sylvia! thanxs 4 your comment ~ENJOYED YOUR POEM~ Here I find myself all over the soup again. Stopping by to read many poems, before my crazy KIDS make me log out. I had a really nice time reading and catching up with you poets. Have a wonderful night*luv~SKAT"

  1. Date: 10/14/2010 12:47:00 PM
    Was he a commoner or royalty, that is the question Sylvia. A mystery still to this day, only the victims are known >> James

  1. Date: 10/14/2010 5:56:00 AM
    So glad you enjoyed "Seven Dwarfs". The story has it that the dwarfs twice brought her back from certain death at the hands of the evil Queen. Maybe Doc's chalk had ephenedrine in it. Muse on, Jim

  1. Date: 10/14/2010 12:57:00 AM
    Hey Girlfriend, talk bout reputation. with poems like this you have increased your fan club by one. ME :-). I hope my rep is not ruined

  1. Date: 10/13/2010 11:11:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your excellent poetry this beautiful morning June. Thank you for sharing your writing with us and thank you for your kind comments.. May your day be full of inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/13/2010 5:18:00 AM
    A nice tribute you have paid to Mary Anne parker, Sylvia

  1. Date: 10/12/2010 7:25:00 PM
    Great story, delightfully written. good luck if it is for the contest. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/12/2010 5:36:00 PM
    wonderfully done, much enjoyed , if its for the sista,bloody, sista contest it should do fantastic