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Venture out and stroll around
Any high street, any town,
The evidence is there to see
That in our recent history,
Towns and cities fell with ease 
To multinational companies. 
They're identical - like pods of peas,
Nondescript like processed cheese.

It's burger bars and coffee shops,
Chain stores selling fashion tops,
Pound shops flogging everything
Cheap as chips, for price is king.
 "this could be Cardiff or Kettering"
The Beautiful South might sing,
"And Aberdeen and Chichester,
Are dead ringers for Doncaster."

It's the little shops I miss so much,
The independent's personal touch.
Confectioners selling home-made sweets,
Bakers shops with tea-time treats,
Family grocers, butchers too,
They loved to share a laugh with you.
But once big business took control,
No wonder high streets lost their soul.
I could go on but what's the use?
I've got it bad - the High Street Blues.

◄ Nostalgia

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Paul Waring

Tue 3rd Jan 2017 19:33

Thank you Patricia and Stef for your warm words about my poem and for your interesting anecdote and funny story about shopkeepers where you live, how lovely. Your greengrocer sounds like a funghi(!), not to mention your butcher!

Hazel, thank you so much for your comment, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this.

I'm grateful to you all, Paul

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Hazel ettridge

Tue 3rd Jan 2017 19:01

Enjoyed this very much.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Tue 3rd Jan 2017 18:41

we loved this poem very much indeed Paul.Where we live,fortunately,a lot of the little shops have been retained.

We mean,where else would a greengrocer(79 years old-there at 7'o'clock every morning)not only sell you two mushrooms,if thats all you needed,but also welcome you in the back of his shop for a brew? Beat that Marks and Spencer!

In the meantime,here (hopefully) is a laugh for you.
Whenever I (Stef) am passing our local butchers (again a small local shop) I pop my head in the door and say-excuse me,but do you happen to sell meat? haha!

Patricia and Stef.xx

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Tue 3rd Jan 2017 10:54

Couldn't agree more. Zombie culture - same old shops the world over....Jeff......

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Paul Waring

Tue 3rd Jan 2017 10:17

I have to agree John, I love 'em too, there's nothing quite like spotting a gem amongst the jumble! And thanks for your comment. Paul

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John Coopey

Tue 3rd Jan 2017 10:02

The repetitiveness of High Streets is depressing, Paul. I like the way you capture this.
I am out on a limb though from others who bemoan the influx of High Street charity shops. I love 'em.

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