In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project

In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project
In Search of My Father, 2017 writing project supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Saturday, 19 December 2015

CRUSH FEARS IN OXFORD STREET

I published this in December 2012 after I had read that, because of thousands of shoppers, there were "crush fears" in Oxford Street. As we head into Christmas shopping frenzy, I thought I'd revive it.


CRUSH FEARS IN OXFORD STREET

I look down towards Selfridges
from as far away as Bond Street
and I see you window shopping,
coping with the ebb and flow,
the pull and push,
and I develop a crush.

The police, much maligned,
line up to guide me through,
they close the street to avoid accidents,
restrict walkers and drivers,
to completely clear an avenue
allowing me to get to you.

I'm there, intimidated by stares,
but the cops hold the line,
and I look at you in romantic awe,
I offer to carry your bags,
I invite you for coffee and mints
and you turn to your husband and wince.

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