David Harris

Veteran Poet - 1,288 Points (18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

Busy Town

Suburban streets filled with baseball hats
People living in suburban flats
Cobweb shops filled with queues
People rushing round wearing out shoes
They are all rushing by
No one sees me cry
Car in jams at intersections
On corners people taking collections

Suburban garages filled with little cars
And people smoking big cigars
Archways hanging over loos
While cars pass in lines of twos
People pass with blind eyes
Telling stories in their sighs
Parking meters in military lines
Traffic wardens handing out fines

Suburban underground thoroughfares
Factories smoking skyward airs
Crowded corporation buses
Corner fish ‘n’ chips shops selling husses
Dozens of stuff collared shirts
Caught up in office works
Poor Porter on the trains
Trying to help passengers who complain

The busy town ignores
All who live in there
It turns its back
On old and young
And keeps its song
Hidden away and unsung

(date written unknown)

Submitted: Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.


Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Busy Town by David Harris )

  • Rookie JoAnn McGrath (5/19/2007 8:49:00 PM)

    I picture robots walking around in lines here.....lives in automation....with blank stares (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duncan Wyllie (3/19/2007 3:21:00 PM)

    A cold and rude awkening to the city life, the dark side of its moon, skillfully penned David
    One line so easily flowing into the next, NOW THAT'S TALLENT MY FRIEND! ! !
    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bob Blackwell (3/18/2007 10:51:00 AM)

    Reminds me of Southern English town, the one I searched up and down looking for some advice. No luck I am afraid, please try again another time. Well written I caught the mood. Bob (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tara very irritated with PH injustice (3/10/2007 11:37:00 AM)

    Surburbia neatly caught... atmospheric, varied. A fine portrayal, with its subtle message. t x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Not a member No 4 (3/2/2007 7:20:00 PM)

    Conjures up the diversity and anonymity of the modern city - where some emotional needs are over satisfied and some are starved. Richly evocative, with noise, smell, sight, movement all strongly catered for. Genuinely highly quality writing David. Loved this. jim (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (3/2/2007 9:41:00 AM)

    Great ending, David... and it's almost like people are too busy to care. Good stuff!
    Brian (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrew mark Wilkinson (2/27/2007 5:33:00 PM)

    I could see the place, in my mind has i read along...David 10 again... (Report) Reply

Read all 7 comments »

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Caged Bird
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
[Hata Bildir]