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SIGHTSEERS - Peter Robinson (U.K.)

 


SIGHTSEERS

-         Peter Robinson (U.K.)

In this city that’s just lost world heritage status

(the Pier Head is not the Taj Mahal)

an open-topped sightseer bus

has paused for traffic lights

at the corner of Booker and Mather Avenue.

Back now in my Liverpool home

after a four-hour drive up here

I’m taking a siesta with windows flung open,

can hear the pop and boom

of a red-coated tour guide’s microphone.

 

In this city that’s just lost world heritage status

he tells his cruise-ship holidaymakers

ashore on the Costa del Merseyside

of Menlove Avenue and Forthlin Road.

But even if only blue suburban skies above

and not true all you need is love

that’s still no reason to denigrate us, like,

with our accents, cathedrals, our historical shame

as the bus turns left to get on with its theme

through this city that’s just lost world heritage status

taking you down in a dream.

 

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