Thomas Coston

Preying At The Ten Bells

As the night creeps in,
Smoke from London's hearths descend,
Swirling - dancing with the fog,
Haloing gaslights with a thickened haze,
Cloaking a flash of a six inch blade

Shadows become a blackened abyss
Frightened stragglers scurry to a place that's secure and bliss.
For a murderous madman has terrorized this den
Of prostitution and the criminally bent.

On the East End, where self-respect isn't known,
Lives poverty and predation in a marriage of woe.
Four pence for a bed in public housing
To be turned out if you're short a farthing.

Compassion isn't known on these cobblestone streets.
Christ Church is Whitechapel's only sanctuary;
An edifice that towers over a public house
Where denizens of the East End are known to carouse.

‘Tis a place a predator can come to prey
To exalt in bawdy hymnals with a drink.
Espying whores for a sacrificial blade.
At The Ten Bells there are plenty to slay.

A gal must work in these desperate times.
A stiff drink will help her fortify
To face the darkness into the phantom's abode.
A peril everyone on the East End knows.

Off goes Mary Jane Kelly,
A green-eyed lass that's somewhat pretty.
She hesitates at the threshold and takes a deep breath
Wish her well on her business endeavor
And pray she doesn't encounter Jack the Ripper.

Topic(s) of this poem: history, london, murder, terror

Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 10, 2020

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (10/16/2020 5:19:00 AM)

    Thomas another mesmerizing great write that makes the reader feel transported back to Whitechapel for your poetry reels in every viewer and takes them on a dark journey.
    A superb write! And poor Mary Kelly was the Ripper's last victim and with such a terrible demise.
    Thanks Thomas for writing and sharing this dark and most descriptive poem.
    Take care and five diabolical bible-black stars.

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  • Paul T P BurnePaul T P Burne (10/10/2020 9:34:00 AM)

    Great for Ripper enthusiasts and very well written

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (10/10/2020 7:56:00 AM)

    A terrible situation indeed!

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