Friday, 19 July 2013

Tunes on the Streets

Bobby Day and his mongrel Minnie
Sat on the sidewalk to earn a penny
A good ol' song, a tin can for money
For worldly possessions he had not many

Ellie played guitar at the next street corner
No one stopped they all rushed past her
Fingers on string they strummed even faster
For a cup of tea to make herself warmer

The ladies and gents of wealth and gentry
Whisking past in a race to plenty
High street glamour and all its pleasantry
To this side of life they had no entry

Dry bread for lunch more scraps for supper
At McDonald's they watched the young ones cluster
The fat, the starch the sugar then the doctor
Diabetes for them and for others just hunger

A hundred wars, disasters world over
Recession they say is the latest tormentor
Two pounds for a child and three for a tiger
But the tunes on the streets go on for longer

© Kamalika Jayathilaka

Art by Geoffrey Palmer (