Trafalgar Street – dVerse Open Link Week 121

Here’s my latest entry into the dVerse Open Link – why not take a look at everyone else’s wonderful responses?

This is inspired by some of the signs I see on the street that I walk up and down twice a day – either shop names, hoardings or similar. Believe me, there are plenty more! I love the fact that there are no nation-wide chain stores on this street (apart from a car rental place that I haven’t mentioned) – but it can feel a bit like overload on the eyes and mind, taking in all of this information!


– Trafalgar Street –

what’s the DAMAGE now?
let the BREEZE refresh your senses
and I could be your LUCKY STAR
BREAD & MILK was once the staff of life
(but watch out if gluten is your nemesis) –
Welcome to my GAFF
come on in – please wipe your feet
I paid more than I can afford
for these ANTIQUES
read all about it
and watch your money pour down the drain
will blow your socks off
(just what you need after a hard day’s work)
book in your tech for some PHONE SURGERY
which has become more necessary –
who needs health if your phone is dead?
REAL PATISSERIE is the only choice here
because all other cakes are oh-so-faux
BITE me, that’s what the kids say, innit, these days?
just give me the gods’ honest truth –
what is THE POINT?

40 thoughts on “Trafalgar Street – dVerse Open Link Week 121

  1. Very clever writing, Freya. You have me thinking about doing something similar on the High Street in Edinburgh. There’s a small cafe called Angels with Bagpipes that is almost begging to be written about … smiles

    1. Now that would be a wonderful name to insert into a poem… definitely begging for exposure! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Tony. (Edinburgh is lovely, even if I have only been there for work so far!).

  2. Like found poetics, like binder poetry, this really wraps & weaves the wonder of looking at unrelated things, & creating their relationship to each other. I wonder if most of us would be so brave & creative without the workshop fellowship aspect of dVerse? Good job.

    1. The spine poetry was what I had in mind whilst the concept was forming in my mind (as far as I can think at 6am!). I agree, if I hadn’t found dVerse, I wouldn’t have attempted poetry at all, even though I loved it as a little girl (Shel Silverstein was one), and then growing up (Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott springs to mind). Thank you, Glenn.

  3. ha. i like your approach to this poem and how you wove all the names in…even risked a little brain burn in taking it all in for us…smiles…i think you played it well..bite me…you made me laugh there…smiles.

    1. Thank you! I quite liked the last line myself… It came first. The Point is actually a hair salon, and when it first opened I was dying for someone to ask me ‘What’s The Point?’…. 😉

    1. Thank you, Roslyn Ross. Well I had some doubts myself about the caps, but I was writing it on my phone and had no opportunity to insert italics instead, nor edit it on a computer during the day. I wanted some way to mark out the names of the shops, otherwise they could have gone unnoticed. I agree, not ideal, but life can be frustrating like that! Thank you for your thoughts – they are always welcome.

  4. Very clever. I liked the way you managed to write a poem putting in the names on signs you pass by on the street. A unique inspiration for poetry. I enjoyed the ending: “What’s the POINT?” LOL.

  5. You have certainly made good use of your daily journeys! Your poem reminded me of the one for which the prompt was to use slogans. I wonder if Real Patisserie is really French.

    1. Yes, and the spine poetry as well. RP are British, local to Brighton and the surrounding areas, and (I just found out) the original first shop was opened on Trafalgar St 15 years ago.

  6. ha – very cool…and even more as those are small shops and no big chains… CHILLI PEPPER PETE and bread and milk…two places i would love to visit..smiles

  7. This was such a fun read! One of my favorite local signs reads: “honey” then there is an image of a cow and below that the word “eggs”… apparently this is quite a gifted cow!

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