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London Time

A step in time I took one day
On specters mist who led the way
Down cobblestones and garden paths
Armless statues guarding baths
Armored beasts reflect the sun
Gallant knights are all for one
Hedge puzzles line the gardens fair
Hide and Seek for those that dare
Ladies clad in whale bone stays
Surreys pulled by chestnut bays
Sticky buns and honeyed mead
Cards and races slate the greed
Then on he led to shanty town
Down rows of tenements falling down
Sewage stench accosts the street
Where doxies in the alleys meet
Walking peddlers hawk their wares
And homeless children, no one cares
Disease spreads rampant through the town
Renaissance Art, the churches frown 
Then through the mist he leads again
Back to my time; my heart to pen.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2009 12:30:00 AM
    Very novel poetry Lena.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/2/2009 5:07:00 AM
    Shades of 'Oliver.' You are soooo talented. Hey, everybody, read Lean's stuff! She's better than good. Suggest you make lots of comments. Get in touch with people like Rhoda Gagliani and Kristin Reynolds. Love, daver

  1. Date: 5/1/2009 6:17:00 PM
    "sticky buns and honeyed mead" wow!!! I haven't checked where you hale from, but this place where "doxies and surreys" gather, sounds neat!! Jim

  1. Date: 4/30/2009 1:28:00 PM
    Never been to London, Lena, but now I feel as though I have. I was so enjoying the "upbeat" side of the city that I got chills when you were "led to shanty town." The contrast of lifestyles enjoyed by different classes is very moving, powerful. Excellent writing, Lena!

  1. Date: 4/30/2009 11:49:00 AM
    Creative use of imagery to convey your thoughts. Despite art's beauty, the social problems remain--good message. Thank you for sharing this poem with us and for your kind words on mine. Keep on writing! Karen

  1. Date: 4/30/2009 9:44:00 AM
    This is just marvelous and I love the flow throughout! Thank you for commenting on my work, always appreciated.