Scotland Road

Bernard Fallon
the photographer
you know, the fella
who had an exhibition
at the Conservation Centre
on Whitechapel,
now he lives
in California
but still comes home
from time to time.
When I was a kid
with our Auntie
in Crosby
his house had the only tree
a laburnum I think
outside
and his Old Man
a Customs Official
caught a bus every evening
on a road that ran
through 5 thousand houses
and a thousand ships.
I remember him
walking placidly
in his raincoat
down our street
towards the river
and the sea.

By Tony Wailey