THIS IS MY STREET
This is my street, the film proclaimed
an RT bus, a dustcart, camera
above eye level with a railway bridge one end
and a row of uniform terraces.
The plot, a warp and weft
of flash harry on the prowl
cars swung into kerbs.
Painted doxies and helpless wives
living tainted roles on London streets,
kiddies' dollys in the turbulent dust
blitz sites jagged against a numbing sky.
Ian Hendry with his piggy eyes
the one who Jack Carter killed,
younger in this role as Lothario
with pocket handkerchief and Italian suit
in an open topped car.
John Hurt pre Rillington Place
deliciously naive in a minor role.
Key on a string through a letterbox
for easy access: the key to the film.